Read: Matthew 16:19
I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in Heaven.
In this life we all face times when we sense things just aren’t happening. They seem to be bound up or held back. And then there are times when it appears the floodgates have opened and we are the recipients of great and marvelous blessings we know we don’t deserve. You may have thought you were mistaken and you were imagining things, but no, there is a great truth here for all of us. Things can be bound up and things can be loosed and released. Jesus was quite clear about this. In fact, He said we had a part in the action of binding up and letting go. Notice His words are conditional, “Whatever you bind, whatever you loose,” that is conditional, you may, you may not, you don’t have to but you could. Some will, some won’t, some will exercise the authority and some don’t. It is tied to people. On His side it is done, it shall already be bound. Many of us probably ask “How can this be?” It is already accomplished because of the cross. He has done the work and then given us the authority to carry it out. I say “us” because though He spoke this verse to Peter in Matthew 16:19 He visits this issue of binding and loosing with His authority again two chapters later in Matthew 18:18-19 as He speaks to all of His followers;
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in Heaven.”
What does He mean by that? What is binding and loosing? The word for bind is deo or deseis = to bind, to confine, to compel or make binding. The word is used by Jesus in Luke 13:16 when He says, “Satan has bound this women.” It might help to think about it in these terms. The Lord has set certain boundaries that hell doesn’t want to keep. This happens in families the Lord wants to touch, in countries He is trying to reach and relationships He wants to heal. When I pray and move with the Holy Spirit to impose His authority on situations and circumstances, my prayers can make the will of God binding, and it can break Satan’s stranglehold on lives that Jesus longs to loose into His freedom. It is spiritual warfare. It is part of the battle for territory in people’s lives.
Will we move into that authority? He has given the church a crazy responsibility to intercede and pray, and with that responsibility comes authority to extend what He has done on the cross into our world and into our journey. The invitation is clear.
Father, you have given us authority to extend your Kingdom in the lives of our friends and loved ones. Teach me to trust and to extend your boundaries in others’ lives when I pray. Holy Spirit, move me to invoke the authority to bind and loose as you direct me in prayer for others.