I've told my children, "When you're in need, when you're hurting, just call me. I'll be there! I don't care where I am, I'll come!" I'm just an earthly father—how much more the heavenly Father cares! Will he not respond when we call?

The Word of God says, "He shall deliver...the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight" (Psalm 72:12-14).

God says, "All you who are poor, all you who are needy, who seem helpless—the enemy has been attacking. Don't you know your very blood is precious to me? All you have to do is cry out, and I will deliver you from the wiles of Satan!"

David said, "This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him..." (Psalm 34:6).

You don't have to know a lot of religious terms. The one thing you must know is that no matter what you've done, how wicked you may have been, his repentant ones will always be precious in his eyes. Christ said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in..." (Revelation 3:20).

Why is he knocking? Because your life is precious and he won't let you go. He doesn't come to push you around, but time and time again he'll come and speak to your heart: “Call on me now in your need,” he whispers. You may have been in churches where people condemned you and put you down. But all they did was judge you by what you look like on the outside and God doesn't do that. He sees your potential. He'll give you joy and beauty in place of the dirt and filth and ashes. He'll set you free!