Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
“Don’t worry, be happy” was a saying going around from a song which has some truth to it, but superficiality as well. Not so what Paul tells us here. This is truth which speaks to where we live. But we have to apply it, put it into practice.
To do that, one ought to read the entire letter and let that soak in. And along with that, the rest of the New Testament, starting with the gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). And the rest of Scripture. We need to see all of life within the big picture. God’s Story.
But we can start here. We’ll do this imperfectly for sure. We should just do it, refusing to be swallowed up with anxiety and worry. To be overcome with anxiety and possibly the panic that comes with that means we’re not trusting. We need to trust God no matter what. No matter what. And do what Paul tells us here. We’ll get the help we need. In and through Jesus.
*I want to add as a footnote to this post. Some may need counseling and medication. There is no shame in that, none whatsoever. That’s a part of being human. Before one goes that route, one should do what they can, hold their ground, and seek to trust. Sometimes there are both psychological and physiological factors that need to be taken seriously, which attended to, can help.