So here’s some practical advice to not just men looking to become masculine men, but to all Christians. Especially those who are introverts.
If you’re an introvert like me then you usually don’t talk much during the day even if you’re out with friends or in mixed company.
However, we know that conversation, like public speaking, is a learned skill. You need to practice at it to get good.
Therefore, this is my challenge to you in two areas:
- When doing your [daily] Bible reading read all of it out loud.
- When doing your [daily] prayer do it all out loud.
Though, it is not just enough to read your Bible aloud and pray aloud. I want you to focus on a couple things when doing this namely,
- Stand up straight or sit up straight with chest out and shoulders back.
- Take a deep breath before you speak each sentence or set of words.
- Speak in a measured tone — not too fast, not too slow.
- Speak it with authority.
Remember, the goal of a godly masculine man is ultimately going to be developing into one who is able to share the gospel and encourage those around him. So what better way to learn how to speak and communicate effectively than with the core fundamantals that help with your Christian walk.
Likewise, remember that reading is different from speaking and hearing the Word. This is the power of the rhema Word of God. There is power in authority of the Word of God and hearing it, and it will improve your relationship more with God than praying and reading the Scripture silently.
Over the past few months I’ve taken to reading Scripture aloud as well as praying aloud and it’s done marvelous things for my communication ability. I pray the same for you.