Many of us have someone in our lives either not following Christ or otherwise in sin, or possibly under some kind of demonic oppression. This could involve witchcraft, addictions, adultery, violence, deception or other troubles that disrupt the family or families involved. It is most heartbreaking, and we pray and travail, and often see nothing visible happening for years. Here we will suggest an alternative to the traditional ways of prayer, one that has helped many.
We will start with two Scriptures:
“Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2 Tim. 2:25 – 26
“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.” Mat. 16:19
Our perspective is that in these cases, the enemy has beguiled and deceived many away from their first love (as seen in Genesis and Galatians). He moves to tempt and lead children of God astray. These situations will not yield to logic, but to prayer, and not merely to petition, important as that is, but to spiritual warfare.
We believe that using the delegated authority available to us, we can bind the effects of the enemy’s work that is affecting our loved one, and ask the Lord of Hosts to set this one free. We believe that when we, speaking in the Spirit, say, “I bind this matter in the name of Jesus,” and we do so in keeping with God’s will and purpose (1 Tim. 2:4), it is as though the delegated power of God is moving in response to our words, as it did when Moses held out his rod (Exodus 14).
We believe that God wants to set captives free as much today as He did back then. We exercise faith that God’s power is moving in response to our words as surely as it was in response to Moses, moving against the enemy today as surely as it was then. Binding and loosing cannot be used frivolously, but with much discernment and according to the will of God, the mind of Christ and the guidance of the Spirit. Now let us apply this in our circumstance, with a few general principles that can be used as a rough guide.
Show much love to the person, in every way. We don’t need to agree with their actions to show great love. God is love, and the Holy Spirit can help us show God’s love, which is the fruit if the Spirit. Love never fails, and it has an effect that nothing else can provide.
Mobilize much prayer from concerned relatives and friends. Pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth and set them free. Pray that as the Prodigal Son realized what he had done, so this wayward one would do likewise. See Luke 15:11-32 and John 16:8.
Using the authority of Christ, bind the effects and silence the voice of the spirits involved (Mat. 16:19). This is best done by a mother or father (together when possible), or a close relative, but other and more people can certainly become involved. Those with much experience in these kinds of situations, like Win Worley and Gene Moody, advise that in their experience binding does not have long term effects, and should be engaged in daily. Declare that the person be loosed (Luke 19:30 + John 11:44) and set free from all spiritual bondages, hindrances and ill effects of the enemy’s work.
Here is an example of one way to pray: “Thank you Lord, that you are not willing that any should perish, but that you desire all to come to salvation and freedom from every work of darkness. Right now I come to your throne of grace in the name of Jesus, and I bring _______ before you now. I ask you to send legions of angels to minister to him/her, to bring freedom and any other blessing that you want to give.
I address the spirits that are afflicting and deceiving ______, and I order you to submit to the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I bind you and all of your effects on _____, I silence you and disable you. I order you to leave him/her alone and not to deceive or trouble him/her in any way. In the name of Jesus, I bind you and order to you leave ______ alone and not to affect him/her in any way.”
Do not give up! Review Luke 11:5-10 and Luke 18:1-8, both of which remind us that tenacity is a key to seeing breakthrough.
Ask the Holy Spirit for ideas and strategy -after all, He is the one that has all the answers. Ask for ways to pray and ways to fight.
So our approach combines traditional intercession and spiritual warfare. We will close with a few Scriptures to bring before the Lord. God bless you.
Psalm 112:1-2 “Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed.”
Proverbs 20:7 “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.”
Isaiah 49:25 “For I will contend with him who contends with you, And I will save your children.”
Jeremiah 31:16-17 “Thus says the LORD: Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD, and they (your children) shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope in your future, says the LORD, that your children shall come back to their own border.”