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Why Pray?

Seven Practices of Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

by Andrew DeCort, PhD

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After 2,000 years and billions of followers, Jesus’s prayer has never been interpreted like this before: as an answer to our deepest questions, as a spiritual practice for human flourishing, as a way out of war:

  1. Who is God? Our Parent — a practice of divine belovedness.
  2. How should we speak of God? Hallowed be your name — a practice of radical reverence.
  3. What is the purpose of life? Your kingdom come on earth — a practice of prophetic imagination.
  4. How much is enough? Our daily bread — a practice of subversive simplicity.
  5. How do we begin again? Forgive us as we forgive — a practice of courageous healing.
  6. Can violence save us? Deliver us from evil — a practice of premeditated nonviolence.
  7. Can you let go of power and prestige? Yours — a practice of ultimate surrender.

Imagine if the three billion people on Earth who claim to follow Jesus — and people who don’t! — started practicing this prayer daily. We would see a new movement of dignity, joy, and healing in our selves, relationships, and societies.

Practice flourishing.

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Meet Andrew

Andrew’s passion is encouraging others in love and challenging trends that diminish human flourishing. He's the author of Bonhoeffer’s New Beginning: Ethics after Devastation (Fortress Academic, 2018), and the weekly newsletter Stop & Think. Andrew founded the Institute for Faith and Flourishing and co-directs the Neighbor-Love Movement. He holds a Ph.D. in Ethics from the University of Chicago and has lectured in ethics, theology, and Ethiopian studies at Wheaton College, the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, and the University of Bonn.

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