For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God’s building.
— 1 Corinthians 3:9 (AMPC)
Adapted from the resource Closer to God Each Day – by Joyce Meyer
Under the Old Covenant, the temple was the house of God, the place of prayer for His people, the children of Israel. The temple had three compartments, one of which was the Holy of Holies, which held the presence of God. Amazingly, now our renewed and sanctified spirit—the core of who we are—is the place where He makes His home!
Under the New Covenant, the apostle Paul tells us that God’s presence is now a mystery revealed as Christ in us, “the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Because of the relationship you now have with Christ, you can be close to God because you’re now His living temple. You are a home for the Holy Spirit, a building still under construction, but nonetheless His house. Paul spends a lot of time encouraging us to live a holy life, because we are the temple of God.
While the children of Israel had to go to a specific place and follow detailed instructions to worship God, we have the incredible privilege of worshipping Him anywhere and at any time, so we are actually houses of prayer. We are always close to God because He dwells in us!
Prayer Starter: Father, please give me the ability to live a holy life, and teach me how to care for my spirit, soul and body, since I’m Your living temple. Thank You for making Your home in me! In Jesus’ name, amen.