When I tell my wife that the writer of the Book of Acts did not know what it was to be filled with the Holy Spirit, she gets quite upset. And it is highly unlikely that there is any one around who will believe what I have to say on this issue. And for ONE reason! And that is that there was no one around in those days other than Jesus, who knew what it was to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit, except we be 'born again'! (Except we realize that God is the "I" within us) And NONE of His disciples even knew what He was talking about. Proof of this statement lies in Phillips remark the night before His crucifixion 'Show us the Father, and it sufficeth us'. And even Peter denied knowing Him. None of them understood that God was their reality. Nor did they realize this after He ascended. And Peter told them in Acts 2-38 that they were but to repent and be baptized and they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. But Jesus had told them that 'Except ye be born again, you can not enter the kingdom of God' (Except we realize that God is the "I" within us, we cannot function AS God!) For the Kingdom of God is a state of Mind. A state of knowing that "the "I" within us, IS the Father"! THIS THEY DID NOT KNOW! They most certainly were filled with inspiration, but they were not filled with the Holy Spirit! To be 'filled with the Holy Spirit', is to BELIEVE (through faith) that we are God individualized (that God is the "I" within us, and to 'walk' in that consciousness.) Only when we have seen this (spiritually speaking) and when we have chosen to walk in that consciousness, (AS the father) can we say we are filled with the Holy Spirit. (I maintain we cannot say it with absolute conviction until we are fully consumed with functioning AS the Father!) The disciples did apparently perform many miracles in Jesus name. But they did not perform these 'miracles' knowing that 'they' were God speaking to God! They still functioned AS the person their parents created when they named them at their birth! While they were in Jesus' presence and when He was still 'fresh in their consciousness', they did perform miracles. Healings did take place through their conviction that they had but to proclaim their patients' perfection, in the name of Jesus. But their 'faith ' in Jesus diminished as time went on, because they had not been 'born again'!
Jesus was not telling them to pray in the name of Jesus, but in "My" name. He meant in the name of the Father! (I and my Father, are ONE!) There is ONLY the Father. 'Jesus' was just the name given to Him at His birth. (Every child ever born of a woman, is God (the Father) in the infant stage of development) But the disciples did not know this! Our faith must be 'firm' in the belief that God is the "I" within us, in order for us to be effective 'healers'! Unless we are firmly convinced, that God is the reality of every 'one' and every 'thing', (including ourselves) we will not be effective healers. Why? Because, unless we believe 'deep down in our heart' that God is the reality of every living 'thing' including ourselves, we cannot say with sufficient conviction that 'you are already perfect'! (God is perfect!) It is our conviction (our faith) in this Truth that does the healing! When we KNOW this to be the Truth, our 'patient' will be healed!
Simply BELIEVE that you are God, (the Father) individualized! Then through faith in that belief, knowing that God (your patient) is perfect, (in spite of their appearance) proclaim your 'patients' perfection and his/her affliction will disappear! Try it and see!
This the Disciples did not know! They thought that the power to heal lay in 'speaking in the name of Jesus'. Not knowing that Mary's son knew the power to heal, lay in 'knowing' that 'man', (all men) are God embodied! (That the "I" within us is God) Then 'thou shalt decree a thing, and it shall be established unto you'. All we need to enable us to function as God, is faith in the belief that God is the "I" within us!