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You have the keys - use them

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | May 29, 2023 | Matthew 16:15-20


I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19 (NIV)


In our text, we see Jesus telling Peter that He (Jesus) will give Peter the keys of the kingdom of Heaven. How was Peter going to receive these keys and where would he find them? Looking at the life of Peter after Jesus ascended to heaven and the Holy Spirit descended, we can have an idea which keys not only Peter, but all the other Apostles received and how they used those keys.

It is noted worthy what Jesus said after telling the Apostles about the keys of the kingdom of heaven; He said, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” It presupposes that the keys were to be used to accomplish what followed - the binding and the loosing.

Keys are supposed to be used to open doors, treasure chests, or locked things. A door that is locked prevents us from knowing what is inside or behind the door and therefore a key is needed to open that door to have access to the inside. There are different keys to different doors and the right key is needed to open a particular door. How do we find the right key for the right door?


JESUS gave them a key that opens all doors, both in heaven and on earth. I am sure you remember the song that says, “Prayer is the key; Prayer is the master key.” By giving us the keys to the kingdom of heaven, Jesus gave us the key to divine access in the heavens, but this access can only be exercised through PRAYER. (Matthew 21:22)

We need to engage this divine access in prayer, to exercise the mandate of binding and losing, which is our right as the church of Jesus. Jesus has given us the keys which can be used through prayer. He expects us with these keys to open and close the earth and the heavens at will, doing the supernatural naturally, and the natural supernaturally. Let’s engage in prayer concerning every area of our lives, using the keys as we are mandated.


Dear Lord Jesus, I thank you for the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Help me by your Holy Spirit to engage in Prayer, as I use my keys for your glory. In Jesus’ name, I have prayed. Amen.



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