John and Sonja Decker

“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Then You knew my path.
In the way in which I walk
They have secretly set a snare for me.” (Ps. 142:3, NKJV)

Is your spirit overwhelmed within you? Do you feel you are about to explode from extreme pressures from within and without? Have you been treated unfairly or even abused? Then you may identify with David as he wrote Ps. 142. He was likely hiding out in a cave. We may feel we are in a cave of sorts, hiding what is really going on in our lives.

What can we do? Cry out to the Lord! Really, cry out! Plead your case before Him.
Ask the Holy Spirit to pour forth the right words by praying in your spiritual language. Declare, “You, O Lord, are my refuge … Bring my soul out of prison” (vv. 5,7).

Then, repent of the things you have done that have resulted in this place you find yourself. Forgive those who have wronged you—truly forgive them, knowing that sets you free to receive spiritual healing.

Prayer + Reflection

1. Share with the Lord the ways you feel overwhelmed, and ask Him to help you pray.
2. Repent of any sin that has contributed to your condition. Ask God to help you forgive others who contributed to your condition.
3. Ask the Lord to deliver you from any bondage, lying, perversion or pride, in Jesus’s mighty name and the power of His blood. Ask Him to lead you to safe, competent ministers who will lovingly assist you to total freedom.

assisting ministers of Westside Church (Bend Foursquare Church) in Bend, Ore.


  1. Are we supposed to be able to see both the written devotional & the video devotional? I’m only seeing the written; except for President’s Burris’ address & Day 1.

    1. Hello Judy, we don’t have videos for all of the devotionals, only for the major topics for each week. Thank you for checking.

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