The Dwelling Place: Making space for God

In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Ephesians 2:21-22

This week Juli Cox unfolded the beautiful mystery of God choosing to make us his sanctuary, the holy dwelling place he calls home. Whether we carve out a quiet moment alone in God’s presence, or we take advantage of a long line while running errands, let’s make space to welcome God afresh into our hearts, the true holy of holies.

In Him

Slow down for a moment and take inventory on your thoughts. Begin to acknowledge and release each thought to the Lord, being intentional to trust Him in each area. You may need to actively push pause on the thoughts that cause stress and trigger anxiety. As you let go of business allow your mind to reflect on God’s faithful and consistent love for you. Remind yourself of answered prayers and thank him for his kindness towards you.

Built Together

Now that you’re “centered” in him, recall the people who are nearest to you. Who are the believers in your life who you can call on for support? Who looks to you for advice, prayer, and encouragement? Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to pray for and strengthen these friends in the faith. Take a minute to pray for them.

Father, thank you for pouring out your lavish love on ________.  I ask that today you would fill her with your presence, power, and grace to accomplish the good works you have planned for her.

Continue praying as the Lord leads. As he does you may want to send a quick text or make a phone call to let someone know they’re remembered.

God Lives

As you pray the Lord is eager and ready to respond. Invite Him to increase your gift of faith. Consider setting a reminder on your phone that will alert you next week to the prayers you prayed today for your family, friends, and coworkers. Perhaps some of those petitions will have turned to praise! May your faith increase knowing that God is alive, active, and answering prayer in real time

 

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