Uplifting Family Hope When Sheltering from the Coronavirus

On Good Friday, during a wonderful time of prayer for families staying in their homes because of the restrictions in many nations, we felt the heart of the Lord as we wept for specific families. Yet we are confident that in the end these events could give families hope.

We prayed for three different families we know (not living in the same house) where certain family members are not speaking to one another because of past offenses. We prayed for families that have a good relationship, but who are re-discovering the “family altar”.

We realized this is a divine moment for us to allow the Lord to work in our families. Here is what we then felt the Lord saying:

“The healing of the nations will come through the healing of the families. Come apart with Me during this time when I have called you apart from the busyness that has filled your lives.

Do not fill up the void with the voice of media. Purpose to quiet other voices to hear mine.

For this is a time when I will go deep to pull out roots of wounding between husbands and wives… between parents and children. For some, these are small wounds. For others, they are great wounds.

But My desire is to heal them all. Do not wait for the other person to take initiative to restore relationships, but hear from Me how you can take initiative to restore relationships.

In other families, there is not such a deep need for healing. But there is a need to learn again how to hear one another, how to enjoy one another, how to have fun together, how to encourage one another.

This is season where I am restoring the family altar for husband and wives to pray together, for parents and children to worship together, for families to read the Scriptures together.

As the family altars are restored, you will learn how to function more like one family within My Church and My Kingdom. For the restoration of the family must precede a greater restoration within My Church, My Ecclesia, My Kingdom.

‘See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.’ – Malachi 4:5,6 [NIV]

But as the hearts of the parents are turned to their children, and as the hearts of the children are turned to their parents, I can heal your lands.”

May this be a time for the “turning of hearts” between generations, the healing of relationships, and the strengthening of the family unit that is foundational to the strengthening and healing of our nations.

In this time, may your family find hope.

This article originally appeared on Succat Hallel, April 17, 2020, and reposted with permission.


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Rick and Patricia Ridings are based in Jerusalem, where they founded and lead Succat Hallel, a ministry that lifts up worship and intercession, 24 hours a day from their facility overlooking the Temple Mt. and Mt. Zion. Succat Hallel is known for youth worship and training bringing together hundreds of Jewish, Arab, and Palestinian youth. They have ministered extensively encouraging houses of prayer across the Middle East. Rick and Patricia are considered leaders in the global prayer and worship movement. Their passion is to see a generation raised up that will give themselves fully in love and ministry to the Lord and who will serve the purposes of God in their generation. Rick and Patricia have ministered on GOD TV, TBN, CBN, and in over 40 nations, speaking for churches, conferences, Bible and leadership training schools. They have three daughters, all in worship ministry, two of them on earth, and one in heaven. They have fourteen grandchildren.