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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?


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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  1. Sharon says:

    I just want to die

    1. BGEA says:

      Sharon, we don’t know the details of your life, but God does and cares about each one. Someone from our team will email you as soon as possible.

  2. julia says:

    I pray to go home every single day, hour, minute, second. Life has no joy. But being a christian I know I can’t take my life, which is all the more torturing! I sometimes (very often) imagine how I can die, like, being knocked down by the car or something. Life is a pain and totally meaningless. God when can you take me home?

  3. shylee says:

    I want to be in heaven now

  4. Shirley Atkinson says:

    My husband & I are old, sick & about to lose our home and pray for God to please take us now. I’m so tired…
    We have no one to turn to for help and just want to go home but don’t want to commit a deadly sin….

  5. Heather says:

    I lost my son last June and I pray for God to take me to heaven nearly everyday. I have no joy. I’m in the word, I pray, I am in bible groups, I work full time. No joy. I even ask God to spare someone else’s life and take mine instead. I will never take my own life, but continually pray the pain will leave me if I have to stay here. I’m struggling everyday. Nothing is exciting to me anymore. I believe Gods plan is in the works and I have faith in him. But it still doesn’t bring me joy and I’m forever sad.

    1. danielle says:

      Heather, I feel the same exact as everything you have said. I lost my only child, my 16 year old daughter, this past December. The pain is too much. I know that she is with the Lord wrapped in His arms, and I want to be there with her. I can’t imagine living the rest of my life without my peanut. I want to know my purpose, fulfill it fast and be on my way to heaven. I’m praying every day that this is the day He takes me.

  6. Lizzie says:

    please take me home Lord if lifes going to be like how it’s been already then I want to go home and desire a mercy killing. I am autistic, mocked and looked upon with scorn and will never be able to live an independent life so take me home please

    1. BGEA says:

      We have prayed that God would reveal Himself to you in a mighty way. We also would like to encourage you to visit where you can talk and pray online with a member of our team.

  7. MELISSA says:

    I miss my husband ever since he’s gone home to God. I pray everyday to be with him. I’m so unhappy. It doesn’t ever seem to get better. It’s been a little over a year. I can’t go on like this much longer. I am so unhappy. I need help.

    1. BGEA says:

      We’re so sorry for your loss, Melissa. We will respond to you as soon as we’re able via email.

    2. Mary says:

      Been 3 years for me..i understand how you feel..

    3. Fernando L. De Hoyos says:

      I feel your pain, Melissa…I lost my wife on November 14, 2012. It has been 4 years now. It is still too new for you. But, remember, your husband is in the presence of our Lord, Jesus Christ. You will see him again. It is not yet your time. Love him, but more importantly ask Jesus to fill the emptiness in your heart with his love. He will give you the strength to go on, as he has given me the strength to go on. And, I know that I will see my wife, Aimee, again. But, all in Our Lord’s time. God Bless You!

  8. Kevin says:

    God if you are there please hear my prayer. I pray every night you will take me in my sleep so imagine my disappointment when I still wake up to another heart wrenching day. So god please please answer my calls to you as I have answered your calls to me.

    1. Lizzie says:

      That’s how I feel too

    2. Shirley Atkinson says:

      My husband & I completely understand your feelings. Hugs & prayers for you…