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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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163 Comments

  1. Mandi says:

    I know how this feels because 10 years ago I almost died and after God healed me people have hurt me and left me and I have asked God everyday why He didn’t let me go home. He made me feel so special that He healed me the way that He did but since He had to know how people were going to hurt me I ask Him why He didn’t let me go home. I beg Him everyday to return. I just want to be in His arms so bad

  2. Mary says:

    I know how you feel. I beg Jesus everyday to please end this painful hurtful life. One time I begged him so badly He came to me and told me life is brief as a candle. Love me, love each other and love yourself as you do me and this will be yours, and then a vision of Heaven appeared and I not only saw it I felt it. It was so beautiful I just want to go back and feel Heaven again. I know we all have a purpose here. I am not old, middle aged but I have 3 rare diseases and suffer terrible in my mind and body. I feel I should be doing so much more to bring the word of God to people that don’t know His love. Then I realized the greatest thing we can do for each other is to pray for each other. We are not useless and not forgotten.

  3. Bryan says:

    I pray the lord takes my emotional pain away. I’m divorced in good health but inside I’m distraught and weak. It’s been about 2 years and I’m still praying for an early death. I’m tired of this deep hurt every day. The thought of going to heaven is scary too. I prayed that the Lord has mercy on me and just makes me no more. But from what I understand it is probably sinful to pray for such a request.

  4. Teresita Lim says:

    Very informative and enlightening. I felt relieved that my lost daughter’s spirit is with the Lord, even though I missed her very, very much. She loved Jesus so much and she evangelized. She died by accident just after her retreat.

  5. Linda Garred says:

    I’m not old, sick or depressed. I’m just ready to go home to be with my Lord. So is that wrong?