All believers have the authority to act in Jesus name, and carry on the work He started. The instructions He gave the apostles, apply to us today. We are in effect, His hands, His feet, His voice, on this earth until He comes back.
Jesus told us what to do and how. Many people today do not believe that we have the authority to access His power. Some even think it might be heresy or blasphemy to even think that way. We not only have this verse to go by, but even the great commission. These verses pretty well spell it out.
Then you have a group of believers who accept the idea of authority, they just aren't sure how to tap into it. Some make an effort by listening to preachers and trying to do what they say. There are many good preachers, but unfortunately a lot of the believers inadvertently turn that instruction into a system of rules. At that point it usually becomes just words.
The major problems facing most people when they pray, they don't fully believe, they think the outcome is a result of their efforts, and they don't believe God will do it for them. As a result they get stressed out, and their doubt negates the prayer.
Let's take the mystery and stress out of prayer. Read the Word regularly, and get to know Jesus and the Father. When you do, you will hear the Holy Spirit in your heart. Follow His lead. If the voice does not line up with the Word, don't do it.
When you pray with authority in Jesus name, keep it simple and to the point. When you finish praying, relax and leave it up to the Holy Spirit. He will always answer prayer to the advantage of the one prayed for.
Maybe this example will help. Consider that we are a hammer and Jesus is the carpenter. He uses the hammer to build His projects. Praise the Lord we are a tool in His hands if we choose to be. Have a blessed day. Praise the Lord!
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Prayer of Salvation
Lord Jesus, I thank you for what you did on the cross for me. Your blood washed away all my sins, by your stripes I was healed, your death and resurrection brought me salvation. Please forgive my sins, and come into my heart as my personal Savior.
Thank You Lord