About Unbound prayer

What is Unbound?


Unbound is one of the prayer ministries undertaken by St. Alban’s Diocesan Healing Group and has been adapted to serve the people of the 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.

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 personal prayer, people experience freedom 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.
God promises to give us beauty for ashes, but we must give up the ashes to see the beauty in our lives.
Lorraine
The Five Keys are: Repentance and Faith, Forgiveness, Renunciation, Authority, and the Father’s Blessing
Neal Lozano

Frequently asked questions

Does Unbound involve ‘deliverance’?

In an Unbound Prayer Session, we lead the person being prayed with through the ‘5 Keys’:
  • Repentance and Faith
  • Forgiveness
  • Renunciation
  • Authority
  • 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.
Is it assumed that there is an evil spirit for each of the things which trouble a person? Does this not ‘demonise’ normal human conditions?

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.
Is there an expectation to renounce emotions such as anger or processes like grief?

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.
If I’m suffering from a mental illness or disorder. Can I still have Unbound Prayer?

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
What Christian tradition or grouping is Unbound?

Unbound spans the breadth of worship traditions within the diocese, being a tool that can be used equally in sacramental and liturgical contexts as well as 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 use in the diocese.
How is Unbound funded in the diocese?

We make no charge for Prayer Ministry.
Our team give their time voluntarily.

There is a small charge for Training and Conferences to cover costs. There is usually a Benefits/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 Church and Society.

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.
How can I receive Unbound Prayer ministry?
The simplest way is to inquire about making an appointment - contact us
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.
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The Five Keys:
  1. repentance and faith
  2. forgiveness
  3. renunciation
  4. authority
  5. the Father’s Blessing

Unbound is one of the ministries practiced by St Albans Diocesan Church and Society Healing Group - operating within the Church of England Diocese of St Albans

We cover Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Luton and Barnet