It is thought people who spend much time together become alike in their thoughts, actions and even in their physical appearance. Perhaps this is correct, at least to a point. In the same way Christians become like the Lord by spending time with Him. The place to meet the Master is in your closet of prayer.
By Fredi Trammell
Putting on the whole armor of God!
To be like Jesus, To be like Jesus,
On earth I long to be like him,
All through life’s journey,
From earth to glory,
I only ask to be like him!
To be like the Lord is to take on His attributes. The whole armor of God embodies His divine nature. The prayer closet is the spiritual warrior’s dressing room. Of all the various parts making up the armor of God, there is none provided for the back, showing us that the Christian warrior should never run from his enemies, but he should fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life.
Physical clothing for the body is kept in an individual’s closet. With this in mind, would it not be sensible to think of the spiritual armor being found in the prayer closet? If this be so, closet praying is NOT an option; it is a must for the spiritual man to win daily spiritual battles.
“…Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day…” (Ephesians 6:12, 13).
The Lord desires us, his children, to become like him, bearing His nature, His attributes and His purpose to the streets of our cities, to the rural communities, and ultimately, to the uttermost parts of the world. To be like Jesus, we must march into our world each day and “endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ…no man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3,4). A child of God is destined to bear the attributes and the purpose of God into a world saturated with ungodliness.
The only sure way to become like Jesus is by lingering long in His presence. When His presence means so much to us that we spend prayerful hours and days with Him, then His attributes will fuse with our innermost being, developing us into his image. It is altogether possible for the Spirit of Jesus to emanate from the believer so that as he goes his way, the Holy Spirit is actually portrayed to the world. Although Jesus is not in the world in His fleshly body, He is in the believer to show Himself real to the world until He returns.