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I'm old and sick and stuck in a nursing home now, and I don't understand why God even keeps me alive. I'm tired of living and I want to go to Heaven -- the sooner the better. Is it wrong for me to ask God to take me?


A:

The older we get, the closer we get to Heaven, if our faith is in Christ and His promises. And the closer we get to Heaven, the more we’ll want to go there — particularly when life’s burdens press down upon us. The Apostle Paul declared, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23).

Don’t feel guilty, then, about asking the Lord to take you to Heaven. But don’t make that your only prayer! As long as we’re on this earth, God has His reasons for keeping us here, and we should ask Him to show us what they are. The Bible says, “The righteous will flourish. … They will still bear fruit in old age” (Psalm 92: 12, 14).

No, you may not be able to do everything you once did, and you may find that frustrating; I sometimes do. But God isn’t finished with us until He takes us home. I often think, for example, of the countless people who have prayed for our ministry over the years (and continue to do so). Many were elderly and infirm, but countless thousands have come to Christ because of their prayers.

In addition, ask God to help you be a witness of Christ’s love and peace to those around you. The Bible says, “We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10).

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62 Comments

  1. Oluku says:

    So long as we are still here, God has a purpose for it. Let us ask Him to make us understand why He's still keeping us alive.

  2. Ronisha H says:

    Only God knows when the day He will come to take us home. Right now He has a reason to keep us here. My mom kept telling this to my aunt who is 72 and her friend who is almost 90.

  3. Barbara says:

    I am going through this now with my mother Dorothy who is in comfort care in a nursing home. This message is what I needed to see today. I pray for my mom everyday as she is now starting her path to heaven. Please keep my mom in prayer.

  4. ss says:

    somebody who are having burdens and visions and hopes , may they feel lightened and seen and met . . . as they look to jesus christ in their sincere prayers

  5. Paul says:

    Thank God for your life man of grace. yet at your old age you still make yourself available.

  6. Barbara says:

    I needed this today. My mother Dorothy is 83 most beautiful woman and she is in a nursing home on comfort care end of life. I hold her hand she has good and bad days. I feel the love of God around her. It is very hard at same time beautiful.

  7. Nina says:

    I have never thought of it this way. Thank you.

  8. Judith says:

    Reading everyone's comments have been a blessing.

  9. Margareta says:

    Good advice to the elder. When we Think of our sons and daugthers and grandchildren it is very difficult to wish we were ded. to do that causes so much pain for the Close in family. Keep on the journey with Christ and look for miraculous evidences.

  10. Cherinet says:

    From Ethiopia.Sir God has his own schedule. So wait him till the last moment.bye