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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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115 Comments

  1. Jay says:

    My wife left me after 36 years I am disabled and alone. I’m a retired police officer and Satan had his way with me many times. It destroyed our marriage. I want to go home so bad but God won’t take me. If I killed myself my kids will be destroyed. I need God to take me home please help me convince him

  2. Nihal says:

    I am 62 years and afflicted with MS that has crippled me totally for the last 12 years since disease became chronic. My Faith in God being a “Saved” has been a great comfort to endure and remain spiritually alive and without being frustrated. It seems a coincidence that I was afflicted with the disease soon after I was “Saved”. The outcome of disease made continue to survive impossible with also many side effects pestering worsening the situation. Knowing my blessed eternal destiny and it’s just a breath away isn’t it worthy praying to God either to take me Home while also pleading for total healing?

  3. Bob says:

    I am emotionally weak person finding it difficult to withstand the challenges of life. I have tried silently many times to change the way I feel back I find myself back there over and over again. I feel it is not worth living because I always feel worthless. I have prayed a few times that my life will be taken but God has not answered my prayers yet. I think God should take me now to be with Him.

  4. Nihal says:

    I’m 62 years old “Saved” 12 years ago and afflicted with the disease MS also for last 12 years. The disease has totally crippled me to the situation of not being able to do any thing than movement of hands. I praise God that I am not depressed but find extremely difficult to survive in this condition with many side effects also restraining body functions as well. Knowing well our citizenship is in Heaven I pray to God for either to heal me or else to take me HOME. Pastor does not agree with my intentions but when life becomes impossible and the Heaven is just a breath away isn’t my idea great?

  5. ROBIN says:

    Tired of this world of anxiety I’ve lived in since the age of 12. I don’t find much joy in living anymore. Dear Lord, please take me to heaven where there is no more pain, no more tears, no more deceit.