Does God really hear a sinners prayer?

Matthew 9:30 – this passage takes place just after Jesus healed the once blind man and the Jews futile efforts to discredit Christ and the Miracle. They interrogated the blind man’s parents and in their fear replied, “He is of age ask him”. They, the Jews, told him, the healed man, to give the Praise to God because they knew the man who performed the miracle was a sinner. How ignorant!

Though he was born blind, the young man was more aware of the scriptures then the learned men that pressed him. Set for the defense he said, “Now we know that God heareth not sinners:”

What does Psalm 66:18 say? “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear. Proverbs 15:29 “The Lord is far from the wicked: but He heareth the prayer of the righteous.”

To regard a thing is merely to indulge it, think favorable of it, allow it access, make provisions for it or treat it like a friend.

God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. The operative word here is WILL.

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

The plan of God was for man to be a willing participant in His Kingdom. The first man chose not to but the merciful God re-planned. Now, all can be a part if they will, but serve Him acceptably whereby opening the once-severed line of communication with God. Sin is what started the separation and interrupted the oneness with God. Why would He now hear over the problem of sin to answer?

He can hear because He is God but when a person remains in sin it signals to God that they have no interest in His promises, the blood of the Lamb or His Mediator and therefore opting out of all the benefits of salvation.

Sin has its pleasures for a season, but when they need hope in all that life can unleash, or reaping from choices of their youth and reaching out for help that can only come from God,  to then return to the same lifestyle, once the danger is passed it exemplifies the jaded mentality sin produces – “it is a good life except for the destruction it ultimately brings”.

Reviewing the operative word, WILL which means desire or choice, God’s choice. Come, as the prophet Isaiah says, let us reason together.

Can He hear? YES! He may even show mercy because of His reconciling will for them and the prayers of the saints. However, James 4 tells us, “therefore whosoever will be a friend of the world is an enemy of God.”