Theologian A.W. Tozer addresses the implications of the gospel: “What have we come to, that the people of God are not shocked enough by Calvary, a man dying on a cross on a hill outside Jerusalem? And not just a man, but the Godman, dying for the sins of the world.”
The Bible should be read before intercession because it teaches readers about salvation, which cultivates grateful prayers that the Lord hears. The gospel story naturally causes believers to have a grateful heart because it is what has saved us from the wrath of God.
The apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6 about how intercession becomes more effective coming from a grateful heart: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God” (NIV).
"Christ is the desire of nations, the joy of angels, the delight of the Father. What solace then must that soul be filled with, that has the possession of Him to all eternity!"
- John Bunyan