What on earth or heaven does “binding” mean?
I first heard the word “binding” from my prayer friend, Penny. I learned about praying in agreement with another person. I learned how two people praying with Jesus in the centre is very powerful.
“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.” (Matthew 18:18, NIV)
“Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. (Matthew 18:18, The Message)
To bind: to place a contract on something. As we pray, we place a contract in the spiritual realm. It is then bound.
To bind: To tie together, to join. As we pray in agreement we are joined together with one or more saints.
To bind: To chain. In scripture, there are over 3000 promises. We can lay hold of each one of them. They become a chain of prayer.
Bind — placing a contract with God
When we pray it really depends on how we see and think about God?
My image is our King with All Authority. Our God reaches out to us, His children, and beckons us to come near to Him.
God embraces us and says, “You are My children.”
God is bigger than we can imagine. We cannot picture that big. He is bigger than any problem we have. He has better ideas than we could ever have.
We have learned through these weeks to not pray ASAP but instead to prayer ALAT (as long as it takes). We have learned to ask for big dreams. We have learned to pray consistently and persistently. We have learned to wait and keep praying until we hear “no”.
Bind — joining with others in prayer
This can be one or more people praying together for someone or something. We are making prayer circles.
If you are a Christian writer you had better get prayer coverage because you are under Satan’s watch.
“And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” (Matthew 18:20, MSG)
Something powerful happens when we agree in prayer. Our faith power is doubled, tripled, quadrupled.
Bind — to chain our prayer together
Let’s learn to pray the Word of God. There are 3000 promises in Scripture.
The Israelites were told to bind themselves to God’s Word.
To write them, talk about them, even wear them, and inscribe them on the walls of their homes.
“Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children.
Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night.
Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder;
inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:6–9, MSG)
How can we chain God’s Word? By memorizing it.
“Pray the word of God because His word does not return to Him empty.” ~ Mark Batterson
May I pray for you and me?
Lord, as we learn more about communicating with You, please help us to find others to pray with so we can be stronger in our prayer. Thank You for the privilege of prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.