A Christian is not without contact with God. Prayer in its various forms is the normal contact with the transcendent reality, whatever name we place on it. The ceremony of all religions is the point of contact with the divine. Prayer can and should be both personal and public. Thus, the Christian never forgets the admonition to pray always. He or she remembers the great prayer that Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father who art in heaven.” The importance of prayer is like good communication. Take time to pray. Develop a personal prayer life. Faith without prayer is impossible. Request, give honor, praise, thank, listen, and share verbal and non-verbal prayer. Prayer is the breath of the Christian spiritual life. If we stop praying, it is like as if we stop breathing. Your spiritual life will die without prayer.
A song of ascents.
“How very good it is!
How pleasant it is!
Kindred brothers live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head.
It runs down upon the beard.
It runs down on the beard of Aaron.
It runs down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon.
It falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there Yahweh has commanded his blessing,
Psalm 133 is another very short psalm in this series of pilgrimage songs on the ascent to Jerusalem. This wisdom song emphasizes the value of brothers living together in unity. This was like the holy oil that one puts on one’s head. As in the ceremony for the consecration of the Levitical priests, it runs down as on the beard of Aaron and over the collar of his robes. This good fraternal life is like the dew from the mountains of Hermon in Syria. Here the dew falls on Mount Zion. From Mount Zion, Yahweh gives his blessings of life forever. Thus this very short psalm concludes with everlasting life.