Frequently asked questions about Unbound Prayer
What is Unbound?
Unbound is one of the prayer ministries undertaken by the House of Mercy and Freedom Team St Albans diocese.
Unbound prayer empowers people to take hold of the freedom they have been given in Christ.
Unbound is a 'freedom prayer' ministry that focuses on the person and is often accompanied by inner and sometimes physical healing.
It is a safe, gentle, model of prayer ministry that helps people to respond to the good news of the gospel and apply the truth to their lives using ‘Five Keys’.
By using the Five Keys in individual prayer sessions and in daily life, people experience freedom and healing from spiritual oppression including the influence of deception and untrue things they may have accepted about themselves. We call these 'lies that bind', and encourage people to embrace the reality that they are known and loved by the Father.
Frequently asked questions
In an Unbound Prayer Session, we lead the person being prayed with through the ‘5 Keys’:
- Repentance and Faith
- the Father’s blessing
These prayers are often accompanied by healing.
Unbound is gentle and non-confrontational. Scripture tells us,
‘Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’ James 4:7
Jesus himself resisted the devil when he was tempted in the desert after his baptism, ending by telling him to go,
‘Away with you, Satan!’ Matthew 4:1-11
Every Christian has a right to follow Jesus’ example and tell evil to leave them in His Name. When using the fourth Key of Authority, the person taking the prayer session leads the person being prayed with in the words to use for themselves, covering all the things which they have mentioned as troubling.
We should also often pray the Lord’s Prayer ‘Our Father’ as taught by Jesus, asking Him to ‘deliver us from evil’ with expectant faith.
The answer is no, we do not assume there is an evil spirit for each thing someone wishes to renounce (say ‘No’ to in the Name of Jesus).
Unbound ministry is not focussed on evil spirits. It is a balanced approach which includes the reality of the influence of evil spirits.
We don’t try to discern whether something which troubles a person is an evil spirit, a lie, a sin or a negative emotion or something else that blocks them, such as a negative vow or statement. With this way of praying there is no need.
Human emotions such as anger or pride, or natural processes like grief may be healthy or unhealthy. It is only the unhealthy or negative expressions of emotions or processes which the person being prayed with may wish to renounce, as they choose.
For example anger is an emotion designed to empower us and others, in order to correct wrongs or right injustice. Jesus is described as angry at the hardness of heart shown by the Pharisees when healing the man with the withered hand on the sabbath Mark 3:1-6
On the other hand, we would benefit from renouncing anger which presents itself as uncontrollable, quick-tempered or mean to others.
Similarly, we can have a healthy sense of pride in good work we accomplish and the satisfaction of completing it. However pride in ourselves alone - taking credit and seeking recognition without acknowledging the contribution of others or God’s gifts to us would be unhelpful.
Grief is a normal, although very painful, reaction to bereavement and loss. If some aspects of grief persist and become intense, disabling, or diminish a person’s sense of self-worth, security or hopes of future happiness, then it may be appropriate to let go of these unhelpful expressions of grief.
It is also wise to consider consulting your doctor or seek counselling, as well as the support of family, friends and your pastor and church.
Mental illness of one kind or another affects many people over the course of their lifetime, and sadly those who are mentally unwell often face embarrassment or stigma.
Our approach is that if you are well enough to take part, we will pray with you, or if not, you should wait until you feel better and able to participate in the prayer.
It may be appropriate for us to pray the fifh Key: the Father’s Blessing with you.
You should always see your Doctor or Mental Health Team and take any prescribed medication. Useful websites are rethink.org and hearing-voices.org
Unbound spans the breadth of Christian traditions, being a tool that can be used equally in sacramental contexts and non-liturgical conventional ’prayer ministry’.
Heart of the Father, an American charity in Philadelphia, started Unbound. It began in 1997 originating in the Catholic church, and ecumenical in spirit. Our practice of Unbound has been adapted in some ways for the UK context.
We make no charge for Prayer Ministry.
Our team give their time voluntarily.
You are welcome to make a donation for Training and we make a small charge for Conferences to cover costs. There is usually a concession Unwaged/Student rate to help everyone attend, but if you are having difficulty paying, just get in touch and we’ll be pleased to help if we can. We are also funded by the diocesan Board for Mission and Ministry.
Heart of the Father Ministries, our friends, are a non-profit tax-exempt public charity, known in USA as a 501(c)(3) organization. A Board of Trustees made up of unrelated individuals is responsible for decisions on governance and remuneration.
It's best if you have the pastoral support of your local church, so we may ask you to get in touch with your Vicar, Pastor or Chaplain.
You could also sign up to our occasional News and we’ll let you know about our next Conference or other opportunities for receiving prayer - sign up
We ask you to prepare for your Prayer session by reading Part 1 of the book Unbound or listening to the Conference audio. You can preview the first chapter of Unbound.
- repentance and faith
- the Father’s Blessing
We cover Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Luton and Barnet