And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
These two verses have separated Roman Catholics and Protestants for many years. Some see the rock to be Peter and some view the rock as something else. I once thought the rock was the revelation that Jesus is the Messiah - after all Peter just made that profession.. in context that seems to make sense. Yet these days I see that rock to be Jesus himself. He is the Head of the church and its bedrock foundation.
Many get confused by the next verse trying to discern what binding and loosing are all about. To me the simple explanation is that the keys to the kingdom is prayer. When we pray we affect matters pertaining to the kingdom of heaven.. things are loosed and bound when we pray. This speaks to me of the importance of prayer and of our need to be faithful to pray. Things that need loosing will stay bound and things need to be bound will stay loosed if we do not pray. Yet when we pray things are made different.
You are my rock Jesus. Help me to be faithful to pray.