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In this sermon outline we look at John 9:31 where the healed blind man says that we know that God does not hear sinners. Is this so? We point out that the answer true only to the point that God hears only one prayer from the sinner. Everything else before salvation in a person's life is the Mercy of God.

John 9:26-31 (KJV) 26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? 27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? 28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. 29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. 30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. 31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

I. Does God hear a prayer of a sinner? . 31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
A. The healed blind man and the religious leaders did not think that God would hear sinners. Can true repentance exist without faith? By no means. But although they cannot be separated, they ought to be distinguished. John Calvin,
1 It is by faith we are saved.
2 If we put off repentance another day, we have a day more to repent of, and a day less to repent in.
3 It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those we intend to commit. Josh Billings.

II. Perhaps the answer is found in when in mercy Jesus would never say no.
A. I often have said in my preaching God does not say no to His Word, which is His will. 2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV) For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
B. Jesus was merciful and did not turn anyone away when they cried out to him as in the case of the 10 lepers. Luke 17:14 (KJV) And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
1 A person that comes to Christ for salvation brings joy to the heart of God. Luke 15:7 (KJV) I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
a. Heaven rejoices.
b. He never turns anyone away. John 6:37 (KJV) All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
III. The first prayer God hears from a sinner is the prayer of repentance.
A. Pharisee and the publican in Luke 18:10 to 14.
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust,