When you give power of attorney to someone, you appoint that person to represent you, granting him legal authority to speak for you and to do business in your name.
Praying in the name of Jesus gives Him power of attorney to intercede on your behalf when you make requests of the Father.
Jesus said, I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. (John 16:23–24)
While Jesus was on earth, the disciples didn’t need to pray to the Father. When they needed food, Jesus provided it. When Peter’s mother-in-law was sick, Jesus healed her. When they needed to pay taxes, Jesus supplied the money. With Jesus, they had everything they needed; requests were made directly to Him.
After His resurrection, Jesus would return to the Father, however, meaning they would no longer be able to ask Him for anything directly. They would need to pray to the Father, and Jesus instructed them to do so in His name, because the Father works through Christ.
Jesus works on our behalf from His position at the right hand of the Father. (See Romans 8:34.) He represents our interests to God: “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25). He brings glory to the Father by fulfilling the prayers we pray according to the Word.
Father, thank You that Jesus sits at Your right hand and intercedes for me. He is the only representative I need to bring my requests before You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Jesus actively works on our behalf at the right hand of the Father.
Reading: Esther 9–10; Acts 7:1–21
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)