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.
It seems that Jesus is telling us that giving, praying, and fasting aren’t options, but expectations.
A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 1,000-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.