When we worry, we have a divided inner being, one foot in with God and one foot out, trusting in ourselves. Worry is the problem; prayer is the solution; and three-dimensional peace is the result.
First, Paul prescribed peace with God, and he communicated how: “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4). Notice that he did not say, “Sometimes.” Too often, we allow anxiety to overcome us, and we go on autopilot, trusting in ourselves, rather than God. This robs us of the joy and peace found in Christ, who discovered joy in suffering for us (Hebrews 12:2).
Next time you worry, first, thank God for the opportunity to find joy in Him, as you identify with the sufferings of Christ.