In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus gives us the 3 keys to intimacy with God. Prayer, Fasting and Giving Alms are 3 spiritual disciplines that help us humble ourselves and become dependent upon God. Food is not the source of our life nor is it the fuel of our lives, neither is money our source, our security or our the fuel of our life. When we pray, fast and give alms, we demonstrate that we are totally dependent upon God and He is our source of life, He is the fuel of life that keeps us going. Pride wants to steal our relationship with God, but we can humble ourselves with prayer, fasting and giving alms and defeat pride with humility. Almsgiving is beyond tithes and offerings. Giving alms is giving to the poor and needy. All Christians should personally give alms.