Whenever a new friend enters into a relationship with Jesus, a shared quiet time is usually the first thing I do with her… and not just once! The first time I show her what to do by doing it with her. In the months that follow, we meet weekly to share a quiet time together and share highlights from the rest of our times alone with God that past week. This teaches her the skill and discipline of daily quiet time, and we learn so much from each other in the process.
I began having shared quiet times with my son when he was ten years old. He grew up seeing his father and I do this and he was curious. Could he do it too? He didn’t write much – usually just the verse followed by a one-sentence thought and his application in as few words as possible, but did this ever lay a foundation for his life. Today, he eagerly takes the initiative to share quiet times with his friends.