One of the distinguishing differences between the “not-so-effective prayer” versus the “powerful-effective prayer” is the authority that the praying person puts to use. When Jesus taught, ministered and prayed, he did it with authority. Likewise, when we teach, minister and pray, it should also be done with such authority.
While we are not Jesus Christ, we have been given his name to use. To pray “in Jesus name” is to pray in lieu of or in place of Jesus himself. It is to pray what he would pray, and to pray with the authority he would pray with. This is the type of praying that gets results.
The authority Jesus operated in, and the authority we are to operate in, when we pray in Jesus name, is illustrated in Mark 1: 22- 28:
"The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike the teachers of religious law.
Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
But Jesus reprimanded him. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.
Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!” The news about Jesus spread quickly throughout the entire region of Galilee.”
This authority is employed when we “interfere with” spiritual forces of opposition. They know who Jesus is and they should know who we are in Jesus. “And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” – Acts 19:15. Evil spirits of opposition obeyed the orders of Jesus and Paul. They will obey our orders as well, when we, as children of God, exercise the authority we have been given.
The apostle James taught: “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power [makes tremendous power available] and produces wonderful results.”-James 5:16.
When you pray, pray with authority. That’s the type of praying that will produce wonderful results.