Sometimes the solution to a huge difficulty is so near at hand, so obvious, that we walk right by it. That may be the case with anxiety in our lives. Anxiety is distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear. Even as Christians, we’re troubled by these feelings now and again. But some people become quickly overwhelmed. In today’s Scripture, Paul writes, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.”

Here are two strong commands in quick succession: Stop worrying. Start praying. It truly is the answer. If anything—anything—disturbs your peace, take it immediately to God. Lay it before him, and then let it go. If you have to do this a thousand times a day, then do it! God’s peace will filter back into your heart like a protective shield. That’s his promise.

Joni Eareckson Tada is a best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and the founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center. Taken from A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada. Copyright © 2016 by Joni Eareckson Tada. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.