I was having a conversation with someone during the week about how many well intentioned Christians prayer life have slipped into a form of witchcraft. One such area is within the area of binding and loosing. While there is Biblical support for us to bind any demonic spirits that may be harassing us or others and in doing so we can release others from that same harassment – with some, their prayers move on from that to the actual binding and loosing of people.
And its here that those praying move from away from fellowship with God, through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, into a form of christianised witchcraft – a life of prayer that is far removed from the love and power of Christ. For no where in Scripture do we find any warrant to bind any individual in prayer. Indeed the complete opposite is our mandate. A mandate in which we are called to release and not bind. Take Pauls prayers that are recorded in Ephesians as an example.
I pray that the eyes of your heart will be opened… I pray that you will be filled with the spirit of wisdom and revelation…. I pray that you will be filled with the knowledge of God’s love, together with all the saints….
We are called to release, build up and encourage each other into all that God has for them. For we are called to bless and not curse. And if your guilty of binding any in prayer, you need to repent, and ask for forgiveness, ask God to release those people from any curse you have spoken over them, and replace those prayers with prayers that honour God and will allow him to work through, over and within those you are praying for.