What gives us the right to bind another person’s will to God’s will? Or another person’s mind to the mind of Christ? I was so surprised the first time I heard these questions, especially when someone said that binding another’s person’s will to the will of God was witchcraft. That person had no idea of what witchcraft really is. Witchcraft is always an attempt by someone to control another person’s will for personal gain. There is no personal gain in binding someone’s will to the will of God. I only knew such praying worked, and I felt it had to be the most sure thing God could want me to pray for others. As much as this reasoning satisfied me, I did not expect anyone else to accept the issue as forever settled. Then someone called my attention to the following verses in Proverbs. Maybe we can settle this once and for all now.
Proverbs 24:11-12, KJV: “If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? And he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his works?”
Proverbs 24:11-12, AMP: “Deliver those who are drawn away to death, and those who totter to the slaughter hold back from their doom. If you profess ignorance and say, Behold, we did not know this, does not He Who weighs and ponders the hearts perceive and consider it? And He Who guards your life, does not He know it? And shall not He render to you and every man according to his works?”
Proverbs 24:11-12, NIV: “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?”
Proverbs 24:11-12, The Message: “Rescue the perishing; don’t hesitate to step in and help. If you say, ‘Hey, that’s none of my business,’ will that get you off the hook? Someone is watching you closely, you know-Someone not impressed with weak excuses.”
Jude 23, KJV: “Others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire…”
Jude 23, TAB: “Strive to save others…”
Jude 23, NIV: “Snatch others from the fire…”
Jude 23, The Message: “Go after those who take the wrong way…”
These verses are not speaking of people being drug into hell because of the devil. All who stand at the edge of his fire stand there as a result of wrong, free-will choices they have made in order to walk in paths of destruction. God will not violate or cross their free wills because of His own reasons, but God’s Word is clearly telling me one thing: I am to do nearly anything I can to stop them!
- Do not forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death!
- Those who totter to the slaughter, hold back from their doom!
- Rescue those being led away to death!
- Hold back those staggering toward slaughter!
- Rescue the perishing, don’t hesitate to step in and help!
- Pull them out of the fire!
- Strive to save them!
- Snatch them from the fire!
- Go after them!
How are we to obey these commands and know we will not be found wanting in God’s balance scales, clinging only to weak excuses? Should we stand stoically at the edge of the fire, holding protest signs and offering witnessing tracts? Should we give our testimony to them? Should we display our lives as a light that we hope they will follow? NO! Someone at the edge of the flames needs aggressive intervention, and a passive protest or gentle testimony may be too little, too late. We must do the most powerful thing we know how to do to obey God’s Word and challenge their path. This is no time to worry about offending anyone!
Unfortunately, most of us still have unhealed areas in us that pull back from possibly offending someone by confronting his spiritual state. If you haven’t dealt with that, and some near you are in immediate danger, don’t go home and try to first work through your issues of shyness or pride. Be aggressive on your knees. Contrary to some opinions, getting on your knees to pray is not a “passive” position. You’re never so righteously aggressive or spiritually tall in God’s eyes as when you’re on your knees, praying past any input of your unsurrendered soul. Begin to bind and loose for those lost lambs every chance you get You can do it in private. Do it in hiding. Do it in bed; do it under the bed. Just do it!
Great forcefulness is implied in these Scriptures, not only for what we are supposed to do, but also in the consequences of any lack of our obedience to this direct commandment. We’re being closely watched to see if we are obeying this word from God. There won’t be any excuses we’re capable of coming up with that will be able to explain away a lack of our own accountability when God says, “What did you do to prevent that lamb’s death sentence?”
Training-Wheel Prayer for the Backslidden and the Unsaved
In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind _______ to your will and purposes for his/her life. I bind _______”s mind to the mind of Christ that he/she will hear the very thoughts, intents, and purposes of His heart towards him/her. I bind _______’s feet to the paths you’ve ordained for him/her to walk in-paths leading right into your arms. I bind his/her hands to the special work you’ve ordained for him/her to accomplish in the Kingdom. I bind _______ to the work of the cross in his/her life, for it is out of the crucifixion of self that your forgiveness, love, mercy, power, and authority will be able to flow through every area of his/her life.
I bind _______ to the truth of the goodness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to the truth of your Word. I loose all preconceived ideas he/she has about you, Lord. I loose all half-truths he/she has believed about you. I loose discouragement, deception, and denial from him/her. I loose the unforgiveness and the power that _______ has allowed to set up as a command post in his/her soul, fueled by the offenses he/she is holding against friends, family, and Christians. I loose the soulish arguments, human logic, and reasoning that _______ has used to justify not wanting to be around your people. I loose the lies the enemy has brought him/her into agreement with that have clouded his/her mind about your people.
I bind _______ to every word of Scripture that he/she has ever heard. Father, you have said that your Word will never return unto you void. The Word that I know he/she has heard in the past, the Word you sent forth to him/her for your purposes, I ask that you call it up from the bottom of his/her spirit and place it before him/her. Let it not leave his/her sight, no matter where he/she looks.
I bind _______ to the sweetness of your love, to the drawing and wooing of your Holy Spirit. I bind _______ into your care, and I loose the wrong thinking that has caused him/her to flee from being under the shadow of your wings. I bind him/her to the truth of your grace and your mercy. I loose guilt and fear from _______, wrong ideas that he/she has done too many sinful things, that he/she has gone too far to be accepted and forgiven by you. I bind him/her to an understanding of the concept of grace-your wonderful grace.
I bind _______ to recognizing the truth of the freedom and liberty of the truly surrendered and committed believer who knows he/she is loved by you and who knows how to love others with that same love. I bind him/her to the awesome truth of your great plans and purposes for his/her destiny. I loose all generational bondages, religious bondages, fleshly bondages, and soul-ties from him/her. Lord, in Jesus’ name, I cut, sever, slash, and break the bondages of the world from him/her. I bind _______ to the truth of recognizing the depression, discouragement, and dishonesty that comes from believing the lies of his/her unsurrendered soul and the devil.
Move upon _______ by your Holy Spirit, Lord, and draw him/her to yourself. Lead Christians across his/her path who are similar enough to interest him/her, yet different enough to intrigue him/her. Cause angels to minister to him/her, getting his/her attention in supernatural ways. You are such a great and mighty God. I am so grateful that you desire to save all those who will give you even the smallest opening in their spirits. I believe that nearly every non-believer wants someone to prove that you are real. Let me be part of that proof to whomsoever you would bring my way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.