Women of Great Honour

The Intercessor

I’ve been praying for a few people to discover the true love of God. They don’t know this and might never know. You know, those family members that just got lost in the past hurt and blamed God for their misfortune. Just because they refuse to believe doesn’t mean I must stop praying for them. I truly believe that God can answer those prayers. But it isn’t just me praying for them to come to Christ; it is also living a Godly life so they can see God’s blessing over my life.

God knows what every person needs. In Moses’ case, he needed a woman who knew God’s traditions and will. And when you walk within the will of God, you will find that when you are being persecuted, God has your back. This truth we can find in Zipporah’s story. Her name means a female bird—one of seven daughters of the High priest of Midian. Moses helped Zipporah and her sisters when shepherds refused them the watering well for their sheep. Moses was content with staying in the region, and Jethro gave him Zipporah (Exodus 2:21).

Zipporah gave birth to two sons. The first was called Gershom, for Moses said he was a stranger in a strange land (Exodus 2:22). God appointed Moses to return to Egypt to save the Israelites from under the yoke of Pharaoh. Moses took his wife, Zipporah, and his son to Egypt. On their way to Egypt, the Lord met Moses ‘and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. So, He let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision” (Exodus 4:24-26, KJV). In doing this, Zipporah saved Moses’ life. However, it is unclear why her son still was uncircumcised. Maybe because Moses didn’t believe or understand the tradition. She did, and in the end, she had to do what was needed. She was stepping in for her husband; therefore, she became his mediator.

Moses must have learned from this experience because Miriam and Aaron spoke against Zipporah, for she was an Ethiopian woman (Numbers 12:1, KJV). For them speaking against Moses and Zipporah, God punished Miriam with Leprosy. However, Moses interceded for Miriam, which shortened her punishment to only seven days (Numbers 12:10-15).

Have you been asked to intervene for someone else? Have you prayed for someone else for their salvation? God sees this and knows your importance in that person’s life. He will not let your efforts be in vain. The Word of God promises, ‘Do all things without murmurings and disputing’s: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, and the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain’ (Philippians 2:14-16, KJV). My prayer for you all is that you will persevere in prayer for others, no matter how difficult it gets.


Published by juanitasamuels

I've recently graduated from Massey University with a BA in Creative Writing. I am a follower of Christ and wish to spread some hope in this world of ours. I live with my husband and two boys in Auckland, New Zealand.

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