What Is the Prayer of "Binding and Losing?"


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The prayer of "Binding and Loosing" is a Christian prayer based on Matthew 16:19. The verse reads, "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

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Most scholars agree that "binding" refers to the act of opposing the spread of the devil's influence both within the individual and within the community of believers. There is less consensus on what is meant when Jesus Christ refers to loosing.

The most prevalent belief is that loosing refers to freeing unbelievers who are under Satan's influence. Others contest that loosing refers to the rewards that God bestows upon his people. However, this perspective is criticized because it assumes that God's love was bound in the first place, a concept that is theologically incorrect. Still another interpretation of loosing is that, in their belief, Christians loosen and create space for God's angelic forces to enter and influence the world.

There is also a holistic perspective that looks at the concepts of binding and loosing together. Under this line of thinking, both words can refer separately to both God and Satan. For example, a Christian can bind the devil but be bound to God. Likewise, God and his people can loosen the hold of Satan while also loosing God's forces of good into the world.

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