Does God Hear The Sinner’s Prayer?

Q. If the Bible says in John 9:31 that Gods does not hear sinners then where does it say that He hears our prayer for forgiveness and acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior?

A. In John 9:24 the Pharisees had called Jesus a sinner, not an unbeliever. There’s a big difference.  Not all sinners are believers but all believers are sinners.  Living in a state of unforgiven sin puts believers out of fellowship with God and interrupts our communication with him.  This is the point the formerly blind man was making in John 9:31-33, “We know God doesn’t listen to sinners. If He’s a sinner, how could He have opened my eyes?”

1 John 1:9 tells us that our communication problem with God goes away the minute we seek His forgiveness.  As for proof that God hears the sinner’s prayer for salvation, here are three examples.  Matt. 7:7-8 says that everyone who asks receives, every one who seeks finds, and to all who knock the door will be opened.  Romans 10:9 says that if we confess with our mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead we’ll be saved,  and Romans 10:13 says that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

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