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

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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

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  1. Sam
    July 17, 2018 at 11:09 pm — Reply

    I am noticing prayers like “in Your Holy Name, Amen” or “in his holy name”. The bible is very clear my dear; we are to use the mighty, matchless NAME above every other name; the name of JESUS!!!!! Not “the”, “your”, or “his”. Those are not the name of the Son of God: they are merely pronouns for making sentences. Please, be clear dear sister/brother, it is the power in the name of “JESUS”. Hallelujah!! The name that every knee must bow. God bless you!

  2. sonia perez
    June 29, 2018 at 11:47 am — Reply

    I would like to know what to loose if I’m binding lack?

  3. Mari K
    June 4, 2018 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    Hi MOP,

    What should I loose if I need a car/waiting on the Lord to give me my car and what should I bind?

    Thanks in advance!


    Mari K.

    • June 4, 2018 at 3:22 pm — Reply

      Hi Mari, do you have the finances for the car? Do you feel God is saying move ahead with the car now or wait? It’s important to discern the season so that you know how to pray.

  4. Stephanie
    May 10, 2018 at 2:50 pm — Reply

    Please tell me how to bind and loose when your husband is having an affair? Thank you God Bless

  5. Mona Allen
    April 9, 2018 at 6:48 am — Reply

    Thank you this has helped me a lot. I want to pray more and be effective in my prayers. Praying continually. Brings Shalom and it sets the CAPTIVES free!!
    I hear many people I also may have said all I can do is pray???? No PRAYER IS A MIGHTY WEAPON !! IT IS ALSO INSENCE A SWEET SMELLING SAVOR RISING BEFORE HIS THRONE. THEY ARE REMEMBER, HEARD, AND ANSWERED , WITH A YES, NO, OR WAIT! BLESS YOU thank you again for helping me go forward with my prayers. I feel much encouraged..Shalom. mona

  6. Neal
    March 27, 2018 at 5:05 am — Reply

    , My question is do we have authority to loose heavenly angels for protection, and to minister to the sick?

    • March 28, 2018 at 6:47 am — Reply

      Hi Neal, yes we can do that. That’s what Psalm 91 is all about, angels sent to protect us. And we know the word of God says angels are ministering spirits.

  7. Sylvia Holguin
    March 26, 2018 at 7:01 am — Reply

    Hello, could you please help me pray specifically for financial struggles. I have a cleaning business and it was providing enough to make ends meet. However in the last 3 years I have lost contracts to other cleaning businesses who bid lower. So therefore it has put me in a bind financially and has caused tension between my husband and I. We have not been able to bounce back . Thank you and God bless.

  8. Leigh
    March 18, 2018 at 3:05 pm — Reply

    Hi, I have been a Christian for about 9 years now. My (soon to be) ex husband became a “Christian” in 2014.

    He walked out of our marriage in May 2015 saying we “don’t work as a couple” (he told me by text). I prayed so much for him to come home but he refused and is now with someone 9 years younger than him.

    He has issued court proceedings for the finances which are crippling me financially. The hearing is this Weds (21 March). I feel in my heart that the devil has him right where he wants him (my husband got “made” redundant (took voluntary redundancy?) so he think he doesn’t have to pay me.

    What binding and loosing prayers can I pray ahead of the hearing please? No way do I want him back after all he has put me through but I do want an end to the court proceedings.

    Thank you

    • March 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm — Reply

      Hi Leigh, Sorry to hear about what you are going through at this moment. Saying a binding loosing prayer sounds like it might be an easy way to go about this but I believe you are going to need more than this. I would recommend you get into the presence of God and hear from Him directly on how he wants you to address this. Here is something that you can read to get on track with this https://www.missionariesofprayer.org/2018/03/intimacy-god-part-1-reverence/ You could bind deception and loose clarity on the judge. I feel like there is so much more here that GOd wants you to know about this situation and moving beyond Wednesday. Get before Him. God Bless and praying for you.

  9. gary
    February 8, 2018 at 9:55 am — Reply

    does this teaching also confront regional spirits princes and principalities, powers spiritual wickeness in high places and legions
    thank you for your expansion of the word

    • February 12, 2018 at 8:16 am — Reply

      Hi Gary, it only covers it if you are equipped by God to battle these types of spirits and CALLED by God to go after them. It is very important that you understand this otherwise, you will open a door that you will have a very hard timing closing. Please read this to get a deeper understanding https://www.missionariesofprayer.org/2017/05/spiritual-warfare/

  10. Pam flynn
    December 10, 2017 at 9:37 am — Reply

    If I bind the negativity that means i ask to loose it in heaven after binding? Do I bind all and than loose all at the same time or individually?

    Pam Flynn

    • December 10, 2017 at 5:46 pm — Reply

      Hi Pam, it is best to bind and loose individually so that you don’t forget anything. Also, you are binding and loosing here on earth not in heaven. This already done in the heavens you are basically just agreeing with heaven. As the prayer goes “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. God just wants you to agree with Him that this is so. Hope that helps explain it.

  11. Chamika
    December 6, 2017 at 9:57 am — Reply

    I require a binding of my 3 sons’ father’s abandonment of them and lack of support to them and myself in all forms.

    • December 6, 2017 at 1:05 pm — Reply

      Hi Chamika, I don’t think you have anything in this situation that requires binding. If your son’s father has left he’s not in the picture so you should be praying that God would give him a heart to see his children and pay his child support. Are you married to him? If not, ask God to send you a spouse and pray for the emotional well being of your boys and yourself. Ask God to supply for your needs. He is able to provide other means of support other than your ex. Binding and loosing in this situation would be used as a means to control someone’s choice and that would be witchcraft.

  12. Ablessyn82
    December 6, 2017 at 4:55 am — Reply

    In regards to binding and loosing when it comes to relationships. How would I apply this scripture to what I am facing, every time we have a disagreement I feel that he can be deceitful and manipulative. Or say things that can cause hurt, I at times go in defense mode and attack back and lose self control because I don’t know how to react in hostile situations

    • December 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm — Reply

      Hello Ablessyn82, you must bind the negative action and loose the opposite positive action. Therefore, the opposite of deception is truth. You bind deception and loose truth. Always remember that the purpose of prayer is to communicate with God and operate in the spiritual realm. Prayer is not a means of controlling people or changing their mind or decisions. Controlling people through prayer is just another form of witchcraft. Before you start binding and loosing in this relationship you may want to ask God if the relationship is indeed ordained by Him.

  13. Afonso
    November 17, 2017 at 3:23 am — Reply

    I require a binding and loosing prayer for my brother and nephews who tell lies, back answers (nephews) and does not study at all. Also i want a binding and loosing prayer for myself to get rid of my gossip, backbitting, pride, ego, jealousy, sloth. Please send me this so that i can pray.

  14. Lowell
    October 27, 2017 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    I liked the article except I don’t know why the prayer of binding and loosing is no permanent. Does God do things half way? We don’t have to sin again, ie. do the same sin. It is a matter of will. When God binds and looses He surely forgives and buries in the sea of God’s forgetfulness.

  15. Evangilist Alan Pouliot
    October 25, 2017 at 9:43 am — Reply

    What are all possable ways to use spiritual warfare in the bible is it just the armor of God. The hedge of thorns and the hedge of protection. Against the enemy.Also what is th differance between a demon and an angel of satan. Do we deal with angels of the devil . are evil spirits people with out jesus. Can you give me all forms of sipritual warfare against the enemy . I need to learn this before I get serious with a ministry. I did this before and got demonicly attacked I thought I was going to die it was in every direction of attack.

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