It is amazing how many of us resort to prayer in the face of tragedy, in the face of calamity, disasters, danger. It is an immediate response to any of these. But I have to be honest that sometimes it makes me think, why do we only pray in times of dire need? Most of us, our prayer life takes the back seat. I wonder how it makes God feel, when his people only pray when they are pleading for something bad not to happen, for when they are pleading to be saved from something really catastrophic.
God has been giving us warnings. In the bible, it is written too many times. But it is easy to ignore them, especially when we are yet untouched, especially when we are still comfortable where we are. "All must put on sackcloth and call on God with all their might; and let everyone renounce his evil ways and violent behavior" as today's reading goes. It is a reminder for me to stay vigilant, to take these warnings seriously because at the end of the day, it is not about how God can save me from damnation but how I can stay faithful to him, in all circumstances.