God hears the wicked

Let the one who is thirsty come. Revelation 22:17

Oh precious soul, remember that the only requirement for coming to Jesus is thirst… not your righteousness.

But you push back and say that you can’t come… you can’t pray… because God does not hear the prayers of the wicked:

We know that God does not listen to sinners. John 9:31

Oh guilty soul… remember that the man who said this to the Pharisees didn’t even know who Jesus truly was yet. That happened a few verses later. Do not selectively quote this unregenerate man, neglecting the whole of Scripture, to fortify your incomplete theology.

Oh guilty and tired soul, God does hear the prayer of the wicked!

But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:13-14

The blind man was echoing the truth of Psalm 66:18 and many other places in Scripture:

If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

The psalmist rightly understood that cherishing sin, rebellion, and your right to decide for yourself, closes the ears of God.

But the psalmist, who was a sinner, did not cherish his sin:

But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Psalm 66:19

Oh precious guilty soul, are you thirsty?

Are you sick of cherishing your own way? Are you sick of your sin?

All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned every one to his own way. And the LORD has laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity… the wickedness… of us all. Isaiah 53:6

Do you wish that somehow the Water of Life could quench your thirsty soul?

Then come… just as you are.

Come… wicked one… come to Christ.

Your thirst and desire to be satisfied are the only qualifications.

Whosoever will… whosoever wants… may come.

Your desire is all He requires.

Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out. ~Jesus

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