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.

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