Who can bind? If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, you have his power and authority to bind evil and loose God’s plans in any situation.
Why do we bind? Jesus commented on the need for binding evil in Matthew 12:29. Jesus explained that we must first bind the strongman before we can plunder his house. When we are facing an evil stronghold in life, we must first use our inherited authority as children of God to bind the evil forces involved. After that, we can loose, or call forth God’s plans for restoration.
What happens when we bind? Jesus said: “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:18-20)
When we bind something, we declare it unlawful (or evil) based on God’s word. Because we stand as co-heirs in Jesus Christ, we have his authority to execute this judgment on the forces of evil. (Psalm 149:5-9)
Binding demons is not the same as casting them out
We can bind demons for a time which will effectively tie them up and disable them but it is still necessary to cast them out.
Our faith in God’s word releases the power from heaven that binds (or ties up) the evil we are facing. Similarly, when we loose something on earth, we “permit and declare [it] proper and lawful on earth” based on the scriptures. Everything that we loose or bind must be in accordance with God’s word.
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)
“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18)
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
Binding the enemy’s plans; loosing God’s plans
This is based on the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:10. First we bind the plans of evil in the situation we are facing in the name of Jesus Christ. Then, we call forth God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
“Father in Heaven, I stand in faith on the authority I have as a believer in Jesus Christ, and a co-heir to his kingdom. In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind every evil spirit and every evil plan made in this situation. I cancel the enemy’s plans and call forth God’s plans for this situation. God’s word says that God has plans for good and not evil (Jeremiah 29:11) for us and I claim those plans now. Father, I ask that your will be done in this situation, as it is done in heaven. I give thanks and praise to you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
Simple Binding Prayer
“Father, I thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to die for me, and resurrecting him to sit at your right hand in Heaven right now. I thank you for bestowing upon Him all power and authority over evil. In the name of Jesus Christ, I speak to any evil spirits, especially spirits of *_________________ , _________________ , _________________ , (fill in the blanks), I bind you from attacking me now and throughout this day. Leave me now and go straight to Jesus Christ who will deal with you. I am covered and protected by the blood of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
*Note that evil spirits often have specific functions and names. Examples of evil spirits include lust, adultery, pride, despair, strife, anger, unforgiveness, discouragement, condemnation, shame, hate, envy, covetousness, idolatry, homosexuality, suicide, obsession, oppression, domination, control and witchcraft. These are just a few of the many possible spirits. Lists of demons and demon groups can be found on the internet.
Spirits of God
We can loose spirits of God into our life or the lives of others, using the name of Jesus.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind every spirit that is not the spirit of God. I break their power and command them to leave me now in the mighty name of Jesus.
Father, I ask in the name of your precious Son that you would send ministering spirits to me. In the name of Jesus, please loose Your spirits of:
Fear of God
Spirit of wisdom (Exodus 28:3)
Poor in spirit (Matt 5:3)
Spirit of God (Gen 1:2)
Spirit of your Father (Matt 10:20)
Spirit of the Lord (Jude 3:10)
Strong in spirit (Luke 1:30)
Right spirit (Psalm 51:10)
Spirit of truth (John 14:17)
Holy Spirit (Psalm 51:11)
Spirit of life (Rom 8:2)
Broken spirit (Psalm 51:17)
Spirit of adoption (Rom 8:15)
Spirit of princes (Psalm 76:12)
Fervent in spirit (Rom 12:11)
Faithful spirit (Prov 11:13)
Spirit of meekness (I Cor 4:21)
Humble spirit (Prov 16:19)
Spirit of faith (II Cor 4:13)
Excellent spirit (Prov 17:27)
Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:19)
Spirit of man (Prov 20:27)
Eternal spirit (Heb 9:14)
Patient in spirit (Ecc 7:8)
Meek and quiet spirit (I Peter 3:4)
Spirit of deep sleep (Isaiah 29:10)
Spirit of the ruler (Ecc 10:4)
Spirit of glory (I Peter 4:14)
Spirit of judgment (Isaiah 4:4)
Spirit of prophecy (Rev 19:10)
Spirit of understanding (Isaiah 11:2)
Spirit of Elijah (II Kings 2:15)
Spirit of counsel / might (Isaiah 11:2)
Contrite spirit (Psalm 34:18)
Spirit of knowledge (Isaiah 11:2)
Good spirit (Psalm 143:10)
New spirit (Ezek 11:19)
Free spirit (Psalm 51:12)
Quickening spirit (I Cor 15:45)
Spirit of holy god (Dan 4:8)
Spirit of living creature (Ezek 1:20)
Spirit of grace and supplication (Zech 12:10)
Spirit of holiness (Rom 1:4)
Spirit of Christ (Rom 8:9)
Spirit of grace (Heb 10:29)