The earth is groaning for change from heaven. Conditions often appear overwhelming and even dangerous, but that doesn’t change the fact that prayer changes things. You and I have authority from above to take our stand and bring change to this earth!

One type of prayer that does this is called the prayer of binding and loosing. We find it in Matthew chapter 18.

“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. … For where two or three are gathered together in my name there I am in the midst of them.” (vv. 18, 20)

I want to call your attention to that phrase “in my name.” Jesus is talking about His name. Instead of using the authority in the name of Jesus, many born-again, Spirit-filled Christians have let the enemy bind them—but we’re supposed to be binding the devil.

Take a look at Jesus’ words in Mark chapter 16:

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. … And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (vv. 15, 17–18)

These signs shall follow them when they operate “in my name.” We have been given the authority in the name of Jesus to take care of the Devil and all of his cohorts. Every evil foe that would come against us must bow to the authority of the name of Jesus.

God has already done everything He’s going to do about the Devil. He’s given us the authority in the name of Jesus to take our place and do what we’re supposed to do. So let’s stand up and use our God-given authority!

That’s not the time to stop though; this is a two-part prayer. That word “loosing” is important to notice. I believe God wants us to loose angels on our behalf. In the book of Psalms, we read that angels hearken to the voice of God’s Word. How do they hear the voice of God’s Word? Through us! They don’t hearken unless we speak. We’re the ones who speak the Word. As we speak the Word of God, the angels hearken to the Word of God. Then they move on our behalf.

Hebrews 1:14 asks, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” Angels are available to minister to us, heirs of salvation. You can stand up boldly and declare God’s Word as direction to them and know God’s heavenly hosts will respond!

So speak the Word in faith and believe that both God and our ministering angels are listening. Keep the words from your mouth lined up with God’s Word, step out in boldness, and be fully confident that you are standing in your God-given authority. You will see mountains begin to move.

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