Angela, a young wife from Taiwan, said her mother was Buddhist for many years before she became a Christian. After the mother accepted Christ, she began moaning at nights as though in great misery.
Angela said, "I would hear her and go into her room and pray, 'In the name of Jesus, leave her alone.' Mother would quit groaning and awaken.
"Then I thought maybe it is just my voice that awakens mother, so I began to experiment. I decided to pray silently. When I heard her groaning, I went to her room and silently prayed, 'In the name of Jesus, leave her alone.'"
Her mother awakened and said, "Oh, thank you, Angela, for rescuing me."
Jesus sent 72 on a mission trip. They returned amazed. "Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name" (Luke 10:18).
Jesus was not surprised. "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." He was saying, "You don't need to be astonished. I know his position and I have authority over him. When you use My name, you have the authority I have."
The key is for us to have the same purpose behind our requests that Jesus has. He promised, "I will do whatever you ask in my name that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You can ask me for anything and I will do it" (John 14:13). The purpose of prayer in Jesus' eyes is to bring glory to the Father. According to this verse, He will do anything to bring His Father glory.
Jesus, I praise You that all power is Yours and You make it available to all who long for the Father to receive glory.
"I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name" (John 16:23).