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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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92 Comments

  1. Heath says:

    I want to take the easy way out.my past is full of sin.and it hurts to live with such a past

  2. Deborah Parrish says:

    Thank you for encouraging words. My aunt had loved been a follower of GOD since the 50’s. She is out of icu and doesn’t want to leave the hospital because she’s tired hurting and more love ones in heaven than here. I truly do pray GOD’S will but I don’t know how to pray for her will. I have tried to encourage her with soaring like an eagle, witnessing to others glorifying GOD. For her loves ones here. Do I pray for GOD to take her home to heaven?
    I don’t want to be selfish. I love her dearly

    1. Heath King says:

      Help me.i have said so many bad things and done bad things and I’m worried it’s to late for,
      Me and I ask The Lord to take me home many times

    2. BGEA says:

      Heath,
      It’s never too late as long as you have breath in your body. Please visit http://peacewithgod.net/ to talk with a member of our team about how you can have hope and peace.

  3. Jan says:

    I can’t get rid of the cycle of sins I am in. I hate myself and I just wanna die to stop causing pain to my God and the people I care about. I’m a slave of sin and I wonder if this is all that I am. I asked God to free me- to take me… numerous times in a day. What’s the use of living, if all you cause is pain? I wanna take my life, but I leave that decision to Him… Tears is all I have, day and night and my soul is in great pain.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Jan,

      We are so sorry for your pain. Don’t give up on God- He loves you just the way you are and wants you to find your purpose in life that He has designed for you. We have passed your information on to our response department so please look out for an email from them, with an opportunity to chat/talk/pray with them.

      God bless you,
      – BGEA Staff

  4. Eric Salzmann says:

    Being permanently disabled because of a Traumatic Brain Injury and Born-Again with a short-term memory problem & a speech problem since April 23, 1996 Heaven sounds so wonderful “Praise the Lord!” I still worship my God.

  5. Racheal Dunn says:

    I pray daily for god to take me. How ever I give thanks for each day he doesn’t. I have been battling cancer for 3 years and this past January my husband left me. I tried to reach out to him and tell him I was unhappy. I have been depressed. We have 3 kid total. His, mine, ours. 2 live with me. I love him and want him home! It saddens me more for him to not be here. Prayers please.

  6. Geeta Sai Sruthi says:

    i loss my dad recently so, i also want to die. i am asking god to take me. does he agree to do?

    1. BGEA says:

      We’re so sorry to hear about losing your dad. Losing a parent is never easy and you have our complete sympathies.

      Losing a loved one may make you feel like dying so you can be with them, but God has a plan and purpose for everyone, including you. You still have life to live and plans for God to work out in your life. We are praying now for you and your family to be comforted in your grief and for God to surround you with people who can support you during this difficult time. We have also passed on your comment to our team so we can respond to you more fully.

  7. racheal says:

    I want to die. Am so depressed please pray for me

    1. BGEA says:

      Racheal, we are very concerned that you have considered suicide, and we urge you not to take this drastic, final step. God loves you and wants what is best for you. He has a future for you — both on this earth and in eternity. Remember that you are important to Him. He says, “You are precious to me . . . and I love you” (Isaiah 43:4). The very reason Jesus Christ came to earth to offer Himself in sacrifice is so that we might have life in all its fullness. It is His desire that we are set free from depression, fear, frustration and hurt so that we might experience this abundant life.

      Thoughts of taking your life do not come from God but from Satan. Jesus said, “The thief’s (Satan’s) purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). We are warned in 1 Peter 5:8-10, “Be careful – watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord. . . . He personally will come and pick you up, and set you firmly in place, and make you stronger than ever.”

      Give all your problems to Jesus and “cast all your anxiety on Him” (1 Peter 5:7). Then center your attention upon His love for you and His wonderful plan for your life. Rest in the assurance that Jesus will “never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

      God wants to help you if you will let Him, and so do others. God knows about your problems, and He also knows the answer to them. By yourself you may feel helpless, but with Christ’s help there is hope for tomorrow. He can bring good out of even the toughest situations.

      We urge you to begin by giving your life over to Jesus Christ (click the link below). Then share your problems with a pastor or with someone else who can help you and encourage you. We just said a prayer for you and will continue praying. You can also use the link below to connect with someone from our team.

      http://peacewithgod.net/

      We have passed on your comment so we can connect with you by email.

  8. Lost Soul says:

    Forgive me lord I’m sorry I’m not grateful

    1. Jennifer says:

      I feel the same way. Just want to die.

    2. BGEA says:

      Jennifer, we don’t know what you’re going through right now, but we assure you, whatever it is, there is hope. You aren’t too far from God for Him to help you through your troubles. He is close by and longing to walk with you through this. We are praying for you now and have passed on your comment to our team so we can respond more fully as soon as possible.

  9. Lost Soul says:

    So sorry lord, so tired of being depressed. I can’t function. I want to be with my Mother and you and be at peace. Please lord I beg you help me.

    1. BGEA says:

      We are praying for you now and want you to know that peace is possible. Many people struggle with depression like you do, but God is bigger than that. We encourage you to reach out to us confidentially online through this site: http://peacewithgod.net/. We’ll be happy to encourage you and pray with you.

      We have also passed on your message to our team so we can respond that way.

  10. verah nyaundi says:

    I love God as my saviour