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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?


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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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151 Comments

  1. Bradley Williams says:

    I am 59 years old. I am on disability. I have asked Jesus to take me home many times. I had a difficult childhood. I do Biblical duties everyday. I would feel God’s presence after doing them. Very comforting.

  2. TERRY says:

    I have suffered from severe depression for 41 years. I have prayed for God to take the depression from me. But he hasn’t. I am suffering from a severe episode even now. the sadness is beyond words. when will enough be enough. I just want to go to Heaven now and be with Jesus.

  3. BIll dillingham says:

    The Lord allowed me to survive a brain hemorrhage. I am in constant pain, in horrible godless nursing home. Please pray for me to get out.

  4. Kenneth Jones says:

    I have been praying to go home for 4 years

    1. wow says:

      I’ve been praying for 25 years. Sure I’ve prayed for different ministries, missionaries, etc. but the fact remains NO ONE, saved and unsaved, can’t or won’t see me and not my disabilities. . It’s extremely frustrating. Having to to choke down the bile while some idiotic people prays for yet won’t see ME makes me sick.

      God is big.
      I am small.
      That is good.

  5. Kenneth Jones says:

    I want to go home, I have no purpose

  6. Kevin Mai says:

    Dear Heavenly Father, the pain hurts so bad that I cry and if makes life hard to breathe sometimes. I Just want to go home. Please take me home. I hate my life so much. I want to go to Heaven. I can’t seem to find joy here on earth anymore. Please help me. I am so hopeless. I beg you please.

    1. Ayesha says:

      Hi Kevin Mai..I pray to God..To show mercy on you and you shouldn’t suffer from pain any more..May God bless you with joy, peace and happiness until the time arrives for him to take you to his home

    2. Alone says:

      I hurt with you Kevin! I’m there also. You’ve spoken my words for me. I served the Lord in full-time pastoral ministry for 25 years, and I’m in my third (and final) illness with anxiety and depression from the stress of ministry, People don’t/can’t understand how painful this condition is, so they minimize it, ignore it, and eventally leave you behind. I get your deep heart cry. I want to ‘live’ again, have joy again, but have given up. Thank those who pray! God is here, yes. But I’m spent, broken, and Alone.

    3. BGEA says:

      We wanted to let you know we care about you and are praying for you. You’re right to say that God is there. He loves you. If you would like to chat with someone, we invite you to visit http://peacewithgod.net, where you can get in touch with a trained chat coach. God bless you. -BGEA team