Destined for the Throne by Paul E. Billheimer is one of seven books used in the Prayer course at The Way of Life Bible Institute in Richmond, Virginia.
Billheimer contends that the church must do its part to overcome Satan and to take its rightful place on the throne. Therefore, the church has to prepare itself for Christ’s return. Prayer is one of the main disciplines in which this can be done.
Bilheimer goes so far as to say that “if the church doesn’t pray, God doesn’t act.”
In Destined for the Throne, Billheimer says:
If the church does not pray, God will not act because that would nullify His plan to prepare her for rulership through on-the-job training in enforcing Christ’s victory at Calvary.
Saul’s experience on the Damascus Road is a very good example of the church praying and God intervening. Christians were presecuted and the only thing they could do about it was to pray. They were new in their faith and praying was all they knew to do.
According to Acts 9:1-4, Saul did what he thought was right, and he was good at it. He persecuted the Christians because they were following Christ who said He was the Son of God. Saul, a devout Jew, was offended. Therefore, he persecuted the Christians locally and when some Christians scattered to Damascus. Saul got permission to go to Damascus to persecute those who were there.
Saul never got to Damascus to carry out his vengeance. Why not?
The church was praying. And Jesus had such an encountered with Saul on the Damascus Road that his life was never the same. Saul’s life was changed forever.
Saul’s name was changed to Paul, and he went on to write 13 books of the New Testament. Those are the same books we read today.
If the church is to do its part corporately, we need to pray on one accord for the same thing instead of merely praying our individual personal prayers for me, myself and I. The church needs to come together and prepare to sit on the throne with Jesus.
After all, the church is “destined for the throne.”