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.
We never required him to do this; instead, I would occasionally ask him if he’d like to join me. Our shared quiet times sparked some great discussions, but the best part occurred as we grew together. He saw me daily seeking input from Jesus, receiving just what I needed, and my life being transformed in response to the Word. There is power in sharing your spiritual journey.
When teaching a new believer how to do this, it helps to meet weekly for several months. This format for having a quiet time can be quickly learned, but the motivation to acquire this daily discipline takes time to develop. It is not enough to merely cite verses on the importance of having a daily quiet time. A new believer needs first-hand experience interacting with the Lord and witnessing the life changing results from living out what He’s teaching them. It is their changed life that provides the best motivation!
How many people start exercising daily after just being told it is important and shown once what to do?
Want to teach someone how to have a quiet time? Check out these resources you might find helpful in sharing a quiet time with someone.