When You Give, Pray, and Fast

When You Give, Pray, and Fast

In the book of Matthew, chapter 6, there is a word that is interestingly repeated by Jesus. It is the word when:

When you give to the needy… [Matthew 6:2]
When you pray.. [Matthew 6:5 and 7]
When you fast… [Matthew 6:16]

Notice that Jesus doesn’t say if you give, if you pray, or if you fast.

Jesus didn't say 'if' but 'when' you give, pray, and fast. Click To Tweet

It seems that Jesus is telling us that giving, praying, and fasting aren’t options, but expectations.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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