All have sinned & are therefore deserving of punishment. But for God’s divine mercy we are saved.

Luke 18:13-14

“But the corrupt tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed, but beat upon his chest in sorrow, exclaiming, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home forgiven! For the proud shall be humbled, but the humble shall be honored.”

God answers prayers for mercy through faith in Jesus Christ.