God Himself is looking for those who will partner with Him in strong and selfless prayer.
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” (Ezek 22:30 NKJV)
“He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.” (Is 59:16 NKJV)
A holy partnership must be entered into.
God has given authority in the earthly realm to mankind (see Authority of the Believer: Module 5, Lessons 15-16 for a discussion of these truths). He requires men and women to represent Him and His Word in the spiritual realm of this earth in order that it may be established. He takes no pleasure in the sin and judgment of man, and seeks someone to take the place together with Christ and stand in a place of mediation; on the one hand touching God, and with the other touching the person or persons being prayed for.
Mary Alice Isleib says in her book “Effective Fervent Prayer”:
“God is looking for a people who will stand in the gap! …(He) is looking for someone – just one person – to stand in the gap, to pray for His will to be done, and to pray for the Holy Spirit to bring the answer to the problem. He is waiting for Christians to use their God-given authority to break the powers of darkness that torment, harass, and hinder in the situation for which they are praying.” (p167)
This is intercessory prayer.