Verily I say unto you, what things soever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and what things soever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 18:18 ASV
I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you imprison, God will imprison. And whatever you set free, God will set free. Matthew 18:18 GWT
These are words spoken by Jesus Himself. That means they are of utmost importance and we need to truly understand just what He is saying. I don't think we really do, however. I'm certain there are some who have come to understand more fully than others, but I am just as certain that more have NOT than have.
Jesus also spoke the words, "Whatever you ask in my name, that I will do..." John 14:13a NASB] What did we do with that? We made it a ceremony where we actually speak the words, "I ask this in Jesus' name...." We don't even stop to think about it anymore. We can actually be offering a prayer of thanksgiving and still end it this way, when in actuality we have asked nothing. The truth of the matter is, if we are praying according to the Word of God and walking in His Spirit, then we ARE praying in His name. We in Him and Him in us, just as He asked of the Father in John 17.
In the same manner, we have made it a ceremony that we must actually say the words, "I bind," or "We bind," before anything is bound here on earth and "I loose," or "We loose," in order for anything be loosed. However, I have come to recently understand that I bind and loose things on a daily basis without even thinking about it.
Children are especially susceptible to binding and loosing. When we tell a child they are pretty are handsome we are loosing them to believe themselves as such. If we tell them too often, they can become conceited and we have turned what should have been loosing into a binding. The same with negative words. When we tell a child they are lazy or worthless, they come to believe it and we have bound them to this type of lifestyle.
Adults are not invincible to this. We call neighbors worthless or thieves, and while it may seem to be true, when we speak it, we are binding them in our mind's eye in such a way as to keep us from seeing their worth. Odds are, they heard the same things from someone as a child and so are now living that lifestyle. We must begin to see people as Father God does....infants. When we look at an infant we see nothing but innocence. And that is my AHA moment of thought. Does that mean we trust everyone? Not at all. It simply means we love them. True love not only casts out fear, it accepts people where they are and desires to see good happen in their lives. In order for that to take place, we must stop binding them with words of hatred and disdain and begin praying for them....in Jesus' name!!