“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
and who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false,
and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the Lord,
and vindication from the God of his salvation.”
Psalm 24:3‑5 RSV
The first phase in preparing for climbing Mt. Zion is to repent and drop the weight of sin. When we are free from sin, we are given a new strength in our inner man by the Holy Spirit. Since we are living in the end-times it is important to climb Mount Zion soon to gain the full benefit. The requisite for the church is to climb this holy mountain so they are pleasing to the Father. A Christian who hesitates or turns back from climbing will not be pleasing to God
A worldly mountain climber will wisely prepare for an expedition by exercising, so that when the going gets rough they do not give up. A steady diet of the Word of God is essential for building spiritual powers. Preparation requires physical fitness and proper supplies, such as oxygen, because mountain air is thin. When climbing Mt. Zion, the earthly air fades too. Christians must prepare for high altitude by dwelling within the Spirit of God. Prayer is the catalyst for our actions that lead us toward a solid relationship of faith in Jesus Christ.
Expert climbers should have a strong relationship with the other members of their climbing team to be successful. The members of a church must also have strong relationships with each other to form a victorious climbing team. A lone climber should not attempt to ascend a spiritual mountain by himself. We can only successfully climb the mountain of God when we are a unified church body in support of each other.