It is by “the virtue of the blood” that Jesus Christ has shed that He is able to plead before the Father, in His own name, for those who believe in Him (D&C 38:4/3-5).
~ Matthew Brown, ‘The Plan of Salvation’, p. 76
In reading this, I thought that perhaps, in a similar way (as similar as anything we do can be to the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which is to say, on a completely different scale), it’s by the evidence of our personal ‘Gethsemane periods’ or experiences – the drops of anguish from our souls that they squeeze out – that we can come to the Father with confidence to ask what we would.
‘See, I have suffered/endured/lived the hardest things for me’ – a currency we can use which proves our soul-stretching.
Verily I say unto you, all among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice – yea, every sacrifice which I the Lord, shall command – they are accepted of me.
Behold, I have seen your sacrifices, and will forgive all your sins; I have seen your sacrifices in obedience to that which I have told you. Go, therefore, and I make a way for your escape, as I accepted the offering of Abraham of his son Isaac.
~ Doctrine and Covenants, 132:50