We are unlocking the secrets of “Throne Life” that the disciples experienced after Pentecost, fulfilling Jesus’s promise that they would do “greater things.” (John 14:12). They were now the body of Christ, enabled to do the works of Christ because they had the Spirit of the glorified and enthroned Christ living within them. The Holy Spirit enabled them to do greater things. (See John 14:16-17.)
The Book of Acts shows the disciples living “Throne life.” In the power of the Holy Spirit, they executed God’s will on earth as it is in heaven. And this is the same throne life we are to live also. The “Throne Life” concept is explained in the book, Mighty Prevailing Prayer, by Wesley L. Duewel, and was the inspiration behind last Sabbath’s message.
On page 44, Duewel writes, “All prayer is an approach to the throne of God….God has given you constant, instant access to His throne and…He desires you to take a responsible and active role in His throne concerns.” Most of the time our prayers are mostly focuses on our concerns, not “throne concerns. It’s not that God doesn’t care about my concerns; it’s that I don’t care enough about His. God has kingdom business to share with us and in prayer we are kingdom officials on kingdom business. Prevailing prayer is urgent kingdom business.
To live throne life you must know how to approach God’s throne. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Here, then, is how to approach the throne:
- Remember it is a throne of grace. You come not on your own merits, but on the merits of Christ. It is because of God’s grace that His throne is open to you. Come and get as much grace as you need.
- Approach the throne with confident boldness. The Greek word for “boldly” in Heb. 4:16 means “freedom; unreservedness of speech; the absence of fear in speaking boldly, confidence and cheerful courage.” When your King urges you to come and make your requests known, there’s no reason to doubt or fear.
- Approach the throne with faith. “Remember, when you are a child of God, you do not come as a roving beggar, hoping to get crumbs and leftovers. You come as a prince and member of the royal family. You come as an official of the King’s court. You come as the kingdom partner and prayer partner of the Son of the King.” (Duewel, p. 46)
- Approach the throne with love and joy. Know you are loved as you come to God in prayer, and be filled with joy because of the privilege, instant access, and welcome you receive there.
But access and welcome are just the beginnings of throne life. God has even greater things for us to understand. Rewind to Eph. 2:6 – “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” This means God has invited us to share His throne!
When you share Christ’s throne, everything under His feet is also under yours. (See Eph. 1:19-22.) “In Christ you are seated beside Him on His sovereign throne, and He delegates to you the privilege of praying in His name, resisting satan, your already-defeated foe, and crushing satan under your feet because satan is under Jesus’ feet.” (Duewel, p. 49)
When you share Christ’s throne, you reign by prayer just as Jesus reigns by prayer. Christ’s role as our High Priest expresses itself in continual intercession (Heb. 7:25). We, too, are a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9)—royal because we have been adopted into the royal bloodline and are seated with Him in heavenly places. Reigning means prevailing, and there is nothing more Christlike than to partner with Him in the ministry of intercession.
When you share Christ’s throne, you exercise throne authority and act in faith. Rewind to Ex. 14:15. Moses had already shown faith by telling Israel “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today…The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (vs. 13-14) He believed, yet he “cried out” to the Lord. God’s answer was, You don’t need to keep asking. Act your faith.” Those who live throne life act their faith.
This is throne life, and it is to be normal life for those who have received the gift of the Spirit and are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Rev. 3:21).
God has greater things ahead for those who want to experience greater things—greater grace, greater confidence, greater faith, greater love and joy, greater victories in prayer, and a greater measure of the Holy Spirit. Approach the throne boldly today.
Pastor Randy Maxwell