Pray Without Ceasing

I was working at a religious retreat when I understood for the first time what pray without ceasing meant. No matter what was being done, dishes, cleaning, listening, reading and whatever else it was to be done under the umbrella of doing it for God. Weather it is praise and thanksgiving, sacrifice and tears it is all to be given to the Lord in prayer. Every action we do can be a prayer. Prayer was to happen without ceasing just like the daily chores of the day. When we are able to keep that particular focus, which is very difficult, we can have a peace no matter the circumstances we find our selves in.

Something that is always in my heart as a prayer is for each person to know their value. I suppose it is because often times I question my own value. You may wear a blue shirt or even a blue blazer but that does not mean that you are placed into a garbage. See none of us deserve to be put in a medical blue garbage barrel. You were planned even if someone tells you that you were an accident. There is a significant reason as to why you find yourself here on earth. You were willed into existence. It was a prayer. It was an action that made it possible. Against all odds YOU were born. Now I think God has chosen you and me to be. I know there are some things that are just meant to be. Miracles of being a good neighbor do not just happen by chance. So regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in I pray you be filled with hope, love, and faith.

I may not have a complete plan yet but I know that I am not Unplanned. You are not unplanned. You may find yourself praying without ceasing or praying your absolute hardest. Yet as the song lyrics are song, you can hear a prayer that you were born to be a masterpiece. Your heart may have started out tiny but it is far from that now.

Unplanned lyrics Matthew West

[Verse 1]
I’m looking at a masterpiece
I’m staring at a work of art
I’m listening to a symphony
In every beat of your tiny heart
You used to be a choice to make
But now I think you’ve chosen me
‘Cause I see ten fingers, ten toes, two eyes
And I know this is meant to be

[Chorus]
Oh, I don’t believe in accidents
Miracles they don’t just happen by chance
As long as my God holds the world in His hands
I know that there’s no such thing as unplanned

[Verse 2]
Broken turns to beautiful
I see you right before my eyes
And every single breath you breathe
Is destiny love has brought to life
I thought it was my story’s end
But now the future’s all I see
Instead of asking who you might have been
I’m wondering who you’re gonna be (who you’re gonna be)

[Chorus]
‘Cause I don’t believe in accidents
Miracles they don’t just happen by chance
As long as my God holds the world in His hands
I know that there’s no such thing as unplanned

[Spoken]
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body;
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be

[Bridge]
Every life deserves a voice
Every child deserves a chance
You are more than just a choice
There’s no such thing as unplanned
Every life deserves a voice
Every child deserves a chance
You are more than just a choice
Oh, there’s no such thing as unplanned

[Outro]
Every life deserves a voice
Every child deserves a chance
You are more than just a choice
‘Cause there’s no such thing as unplanned

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