In his book Intercessory Prayer, Dutch Sheets defines intercessory prayer as something that has already been done. We don't deliver anyone or reconcile them to God or defeat the enemy. The work is already done. It is finished. Reconciliation. Deliverance. Victory. Salvation. Intercession. Done! Wow!
And yet we must ask for the release and application of these things. Christ is the mediator between God and man- he is now functioning as our representative, guaranteeing our access to the Father and our benefits of redemption. He is our intecessor, our mediator. Jesus came and drew us a picture of God so we would know what He looks like.
Not only did He represent God to man, but he also represents man to God. this God/man was the attorney to both sides. As Sheets explains, " He is the ultimate, final, and only go-between. Christ's intecession was a work of mediation-Jesus is inteceeding for us so we can pray. This is what is meant by 'asking in His name.' "