The Bible gives us 3 Christian exercises, which are largely to be done in secret. In other words, we should serve God not to be seen of man. There are times when we should not let the right hand know what the left hand is doing.
- Giving. Jesus said, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise, you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 6:1-4 says our giving should be done in secret, and that God will reward us openly. I have found through the years that most generous givers do not want to be recognized in public. They want to follow this Scripture.
- Prayer. In Matthew 6:5-7, Jesus tells us not to pray to be seen of men but to pray in secret. Obviously, we are also commanded to pray together as believers. But his emphasis here is that we pray quietly alone to God, not with a motive for others to see how much we pray or to hear so-called flowery words of prayer. And He will answer such prayers.
- Fasting. In Matthew 6:16-18, Jesus tells us to fast quietly — not to be noticed by people. Sometimes this is difficult, because people who care about us are always trying to see that we have something to eat. But the best we can, we should fast secretly, not to impress people.
God promises He will bless us when we do these things “in secret.”