His Holy Place

If you grew up in a particular kind of church, you may have heard (or still hear!) the term sanctuary describing an actual part of your church building. The Old Testament often refers to the sanctuary as the place where God’s holy presence would manifest. But when Christ came, He spoke of another kind of holy place—not one we’d find outside ourselves, but one that we could discover within. He has promised to make His home right here in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17). No open and closing time to worry about, no visiting hours, no need to clean up or dress up to show up in that sacred space. It belongs to us, it’s made pure by Him, and we carry it wherever we go. All we are asked to do is to enter as we are. And the more often we return to His Spirit inside, the more peace we will have as we navigate the world outside. Church buildings are a blessing; what a gift to have a place to come together and praise His name. But it’s good to remember that we also each have a way to be present with Him in our own sacred place—any moment of the day. 

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. —Matthew 5:8 ESV 

Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. —Matthew 28:20 NKJV 

The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. I Timothy 1:5 NIV 

Shanna Noel 
100 Days of Prayer 

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