If there's anything that the biblical story tells us, it's that God cares a great deal about dwelling on earth with His people. That's what we see in the book of Haggai. This Old Testament prophet points us towards Jesus, the new temple.
If we don't know Jesus - if we don't come into God's presence in and through Him - then everything else we do is a waste of time.
So we pray. We pray urgently like we like we need Him. We pray like the people all around us need Him. And we pray with the expectancy that He really does heal and transform.