Binding and Loosing: The keys to the Kingdom and Exercising your Spiritual Authority

This post will be about binding and loosing.  We hope to shed light on this subject in a way that you may not have thought about it before.

There are so many things that we pray for and we wait for God to respond when in fact God has already told us what to do.  He has already given us the strategies that we need in order to succeed.  God is not going to come to earth and do the things that He has already given the church the authority or ability to do.

That is what binding and loosing is all about.  Using the spiritual authority we already have to carry out the work of the Kingdom.

Before we get into this teaching let’s define what a semi-colon is.  Yes, a semi-colon (;).

A semi colon can be used in the place of a comma. It is mainly used to continue a sentence that could be finished by a full stop, but is too long to have a comma. Or not quite right to have a comma.

Why is this important?  Well, in order for us to properly understand the scripture that we will share about binding and loosing it is important to understand that a semi-colon is used to continue the same sentence.  When we understand this it is much easier to get the significance of this scripture.

Matthew 16:19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

There are so many people that are still walking around searching for the “keys of the kingdom of heaven” when God already gave it to us in this scripture.  It is following the semi-colon “whatever YOU bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever YOU loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Yes, it is so subtle but so true.  The authority has been given to the believer in Christ Jesus to bind and loose. This is the key.

You bind and You Loose.  You have this power so God has already given you the ability to take action and all you have to do is use it.

So what does binding mean?  The Greek word is deo (Stong’s concordance G1210)

definition of binding

So when you bind something you are forbidding it, prohibiting it from happening and putting it in chains.

How do we define loosing?  The Greek is Lyo (Strongs 3089)

define loosing


So, loosing is the opposite action.  You are untying something loosening it.  You are setting it free.

Now we will show you how to use this in prayer.

Imagine that you see something happening around you and you know it’s not right, it’s not godly, it’s demonic, it’s an injustice, it is a complete violation of the word of God (this is not your opinion or your feelings).  Once you identify that this is not the will of God you have the authority to bind it up and to loose the Kingdom and all of it’s righteousness in place of that!
So your prayer would sound like this “I bind up pride in the name of Jesus and I loose humility”  So you would loose the opposite of what you are binding up.  You could even pray this over yourself in whatever area you see that you may need it.

“I bind up fear and I loose the perfected love of Christ”  this would be based on the scripture (1 John 4:18) “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

When you bind up something you think of the opposite to loose over the situation.

The prayer of binding and loosing is very effective if you use it as an offensive prayer.  Don’t wait until you get into a situation or things get tense before you do this.  If you know that you are about to face a confrontation or a bad situation you start binding and loosing before you even get to the scene.  This will ensure that things are in order before you show up and God has already sent his angels to take care of it before you arrive.

Here is a general binding and loosing prayer:

Jesus, according to Matthew 16:19 you said that you gave us the keys to the Kingdom and whatsoever I bind on earth is bound in heaven; therefore, I bind the enemy and every angel that was kicked out of heaven from interfering with Your blessings coming into my life. I bind every principality, every power, every might and dominion, every ruler of darkness and every spirit in high places from interfering in my life, my family, my health, my finances, my ministry, my business, my relationships with others and more importantly with you Lord. They will not be able to operate in any aspect of my life or have any influence over it, in Your Holy Name and according to your word Amen.

Lord Jesus,  You also said that whatsoever I loose  on earth will be loosed in heaven; therefore, I ask that you give the angels of heaven charge over me, according to Psalm 91.  I ask that you loose the angels to hearken the Word of God on my behalf. Loose Your blessings and favor over my life, my family, my health, my finances, my ministry, my business, my relationships in Your Holy Name, Amen

Now remember that you can make this prayer as specific as you need it to be for your situation.  If you are not sure of what you should loose for what you are binding up leave us a comment below and we’ll be happy to give you some suggestions.

**Please note, that this binding and loosing is not a permanent prayer.  What does that mean?  You may need to do this all again tomorrow.  The main reason is sin and it is the enemy’s job to get you in a sinful situation so that you lose the authority to stop him in his tracks.  You can read more about this here in a post on Spiritual Warfare.  Under the beginner and intermediate stages it explains why some prayers get undone because of sin.

Until then, God bless you and remember you have the power and authority to do this because it was given to you by Jesus himself.

Here are some other prayers and bible verses:

The Psalm 91 Prayer for a Hedge of Protection

Bible Verses to Pray for Protection and Against Fear

Prayer for Protection

Putting on the Armor of God in Prayer

110 thoughts on “Binding and Loosing: The keys to the Kingdom and Exercising your Spiritual Authority”

  1. Hi I am in a situation that my husband is in prison and he attempted to involve me in being a part of the crimes he is doing in there to support his drug use so I been praying if it gods will to allow him to get caught for the things he is doing but I really need some guidance on how to pray to bind and loose this matter so that its aligned in gods will that justice is taken because yes I choose to forgive my spouse but he is in error of his wrongs as well and he in prison for the abuse he caused to me.

    1. Hi Norma, I’m not sure if the binding and loosing will work for this but I believe you should pray for exposure to come and that the authorities see the truth and then you just need to keep yourself clean through repentance and stay away. Pray for his conviction of sin and repentance to come to Jesus Christ. Blessings

  2. So I was thought that you bind like worry anxiety things like that and you loose meaning declare it destroyed in my life and then release love joy happiness…. so the way I have been doing it is wrong?

    1. Jessica, You do well to desire an end to those habits that are self-defeating and destructive. Binding the destructive spiritual influences that reinforce those patterns of behavior and replacing them with positive patterns and releasing the spiritual gifts of God is key. For example: when you experience anxiety, you can bind the spirit of anxiety and release one of the promises of God to us, such as ” thank You for giving me the gift of a sound mind with confidence and hope for the future.”

  3. How to pray Bind the enemy that has caused division, conflict and unforgiveness in our family. Bind every tongue that rises up against me. Loose God’s warring angels to fight for healing and restoration of our family . Loose justice where there is injustice.

    1. I repeat scriptural promises to myself until they change me. For a sound mind:
      Is.26.3 You will guard and keep the one whose mind is fixed on you in perfect peace.
      Phil. 4.7 God’s Peace that transcends all understanding will keep guard over my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

  4. I want to bind physical and emotional abuse. I want to loose then what? Kindness? Love? Protection? Peace? Healing? I’m in a bad spot and don’t know how to break free. I feel like I have been put under some kind of spell. I’m allowing things I would never allow. Things I’ve been raised to know are wrong.

    1. Cate, Please remind yourself of how much our Lord loves you and gave you His Life, Love and authority over these evil influences. Yes, bind the evil spirit motivating abusive behavior towards you. Focus on God’s Word of Truth about who you are now as His beloved. Phil.4.7 God’s peace is yours, a tranquil soul assured of His Love and fearing nothing, (abiding and protected in His Promise). His Peace transcends all understanding and guards your heart and mind in Christ. Keep this scripture and so many other promises of God’s protection and love uppermost in your mind. I overcame the same difficulty being repeating to myself, ” I’m loved! I’m safe! I have God’s peace!” at every spare moment for months. Suddenly, I truly had that Peace that passes understanding that nothing could shake.

  5. Hi thank you for your helpful and powerful Kingdom work. I need to clarify the binding/ loosing. When I read Strongs definition of binding, an obligation to… I am inclined to think, bind humility to me and loose, or dismiss, dissolve, release the pride. Am I bound to Christ and loosed from sin or loosed to Christ and bound from sin? Could this be clarified for me? Thank you 💕

    1. I am so sorry I’ve had the same and worse rather than binding and loosing I would rebuke, break, cancel and DESTROY all witchcraft and every demonic assignment placed on me and/or my family through my dreams and I FORBID them to come into effect in JESUS mighty name. (I recommend the Demon Slayers on YouTube check out all their channels/ministries they are all true men of God and go 💯 by the Word of God. Isaiah Saldivar Vlad Savchuck Mike Signorelli Alexander Pagani. Then Derek Prince, Bob Larson Katie Souza Jenny Weaver they all offer a little different to the body of Christ. Hope this helps, friend God bless

  6. Thanks for tackling this tough subject

    Developing an intercessory strategy for our Freedom conference.

    Got some tools from your posted declarations (GOD’s WORD is sooo good)!

    Any thoughts are helpful.

    More JESUS

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