I have an experience to share with you guys that happened to me last night. I have a lot of my encounters with the "spiritual" in that veil between waking and sleeping. I have heard heavenly music with a chorus of millions of voices before, I've seen the shadows of angels, I've sensed them as well (they're seriously tall!).
But last night, I wasn't expecting anything, and when it happened, it startled me.
The past few nights, I've been having weird dreams, not demonic horror dreams, but just weird ones that make me think they're still messing with me. I've dreamt of alien abductions and the palms of our hands turning green when they're close... just weird stuff. I've been praying every night for protection, but last night, I was tired of the weird dreams. I had a thought it was because they were finding some "loophole" around my prayers. Was it because I hadn't been commanding them?
Or perhaps because I pray every night for the same thing, it had become "routine", more words to say than belief in the words?
Anyway, last night, while my husband was sawing logs, I prayed under my breath in the dark. I was pretty tired, but I had my eyes closed and was commanding that no enemy would make their way into my dreams or the dreams of my family. I claimed authority over my children and commanded they wouldn't have any evil dreams. I invited angels to come in and surround us and our home.
And at the end of my prayer, I said, "In Jesus' name" -- but when I said that... WOW. When I said "Jesus", something happened. It was like I had a short burst of insight into the spiritual realm. It literally sounded to my ears like my voice boomed and echoed. It was so loud and powerful, it shook me and my heart started beating rapidly.
It actually scared me for a moment.
My husband was still blissfully sleeping, so I know it didn't happen in the physical world, but... it was like power burst out of me in a ripple effect, but very fast, like in the movies when a planet explodes and you can see the fast-moving ripple expanding.
I had the feeling it expanded around my property.
But I FELT the power, not just the sound of it. It was almost like if someone had shocked me with those paddles that restart your heart. I literally jerked in bed, caught my breath, and then felt my heart thud rapidly within my chest.
I was so stunned, that when I said "Amen", it was more whispered in awe than authority.
I honestly believe the Lord showed me how powerful His name is when prayed with FAITH. Even faith as a mustard seed. I believe these bursts radiate outward from us every time we pray in His name, but perhaps the strength of it is in correlation to the strength of your faith. Which is why some demons can return to torment people after they pray for Jesus, but others flee and never return.
I literally had the confidence as I fell asleep that NOTHING would be able to touch my family. I had the sense that there was a spiritual "shield" around my house that had gone forth out of the Spirit in ME at the name of Jesus spoken by me in faith.
It was SO AMAZING.
I don't think I will ever look upon "In Jesus' name" the same way ever again. It's not something you tack on to the end of a prayer to get God to hear you. It is POWER to release our authority in Christ!