One of the most common questions I get when I tell people I intercede as a form of serving God is, “What is intercession?” In last week’s blog post I began to describe intercession according to some New Testament terms Jesus used. Those terms are binding and loosing. (note- I didn’t send an email to my database of names last week, so if you haven’t read last week’s post, for context on priestly authority please do so before reading further.)
Regarding binding and loosing, people can be just as curious and even intimidated about adding those words into their prayer language as they are about "intercession". Maybe you've heard the language of "binding and loosing" in terms of praying against satanic forces. There is much more to see about binding and loosing beyond prayer language of, “Satan, in the name of Jesus, I loose you of your power over “so and so”.
Binding and loosing is much more about God’s radical love, tender mercy, and powerful authority over death that He shares with you and me. I find myself awakening anew as I study intercession more closely and see it as both prayer and action based. It’s a prevailing and beautiful weapon of warfare. Hopefully you will awaken anew also; and be stirred to wear your priestly authority, as you enter God’s throne room and also take his authority into relational situations.
Here is an example of Christ wearing his priestly authority, entering the throne room of God, and taking his authority into a relational situation. Note this is also an example of Christ “binding and loosing”.
John 11:40-44New King James Version (NKJV)
40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
In the Lazarus circumstance you see Jesus does a few things:
Our Holy Deliverer, our great high priest, our continual intercessor executed his priestly office in public as an example for us. Like referenced in last week’s post, as high priest, names of people are carried on his heart continually into the presence of God. Lazarus was a name Christ had bound to his heart in love for eternal life thereby loosing Lazarus from death as perfect High Priest, John 11:5.
This is true of Christ’s nature then, it is true of Christ’s nature now.
Hebrews 7:25- Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
But He does not intend to do the intercession alone. He is calling you; He is calling his people to bind and loosen in His authority. He is calling you to agree and believe in prayer. (Note: last week’s post has further context of Matthew 18 in reference to the lost, the new believer, the unrepentant believer, the repeat offender, the one having trouble forgiving.) Think of 1-2 names and with Christ, go through the steps Christ went through to loose your “Lazarus”:
In this time, in this season, for our families, communities, and nation, God is looking for intercessors, those willing to cry out for mercy for themselves and others, 2 Chronicles 7:14. Many are willing to offer opinions in our political season, taking time to post and respond, argue and position. If we Christians spent as much time and more energy and heart praying and interceding, binding and loosing, agreeing and believing, I wonder how differently it would turn out? I know the answer because God promises He will hear and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14-15)!
Luke 18: 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
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Hi my name is Gina; and I'm the founder of the ministry. My 25 year journey with God has been centered on immersing myself in the safe relationship God offers, learning about the power of surrender, and praying for His life in greater measure!