And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for one-fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the LORD their God. – Nehemiah 9v3
Sometimes we can get very lackadaisical about cooperate. A lot of folks think nothing of spending an entire day getting to an attending a football match or shopping or going to a popular show or concert or whatever we can think that church has to fit into it nice little hour slot or it is too long.
These folks were serious about worship. Here they spent one fourth of the day hearing their Bible read and another fourth of the day confessing and worshipping the Lord. In other words they spent half the day in church!
How does that compare to our modern concept of ‘going to church?’
How many of us would be willing to spend half the day in church? In many churches if the preacher goes beyond his half hour or forty-five minutes people start getting anxious. If prayer time carries on too long people start getting bored. Without being too judgemental and realising that times and customs change it certainly seems that there is something wrong here!
Seems like we have a lot more time for us than we do for God?