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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. Elaine Douglas says:

    Lord I’m just so tired of being depressed

    1. BGEA says:

      Please know that God hears your cry. Please also consider visiting to talk and pray with a member of our team.

  2. Penelope says:

    I hate my life. I dream and think of death all day. That’s all I want. Unfortunately I am only 25 years old and I am very health. I just dont have joy what so ever. I really do pray that God takes my life. I dont want to live anymore.


    1. BGEA says:

      Penelope, we pray that you will come to see your life as the gift God has given you. Please visit to talk with a member of our team.

  3. Jocelyn says:

    I always ask God to take me with him I feel the same ! why is the purpose me being this awful world I tried everything nothing works I cry myself to sleep every night for the Lord to take me with him I can’t continue this life this miserable life I prayed I read the Bible still feel the same and I can’t seem to shake this off for me this sadness emptiness in my heart sorry if u dont understand trust me i dont understand stand my self! All i want this to end i cant continue this miserable life.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Jocelyn,
      Your life is a beautiful gift from God, and we pray that you would see it that way. Please visit so you can talk and pray with a member of our team.

  4. Bry says:

    I wish my life was over. My wife has left me a year ago. I have no family and no purpose. I do have 2 adult daughters but they are on their own life journey. I’m lost, confused and in pain. I really have run out of answers and purpose. No kin, parents have passed. The pain is there everyday and don’t look forward to waking up. I pray all the time I had some wonderful people boost me up. But I still hurt deep inside. I wish I was never created. I believe that I’ll never feel joy or happiness ever again. Unfortunately I’m in good health. Was like this before. I pray nobody has to experience this. I think God hears me but wants me to hurt. Pray for me if you would like.

    1. BGEA says:

      Bry, your message is heartbreaking, not only because of what you’re facing but because of the hopelessness you’re feeling. We assure you no matter how hard things get, there is always hope. ALWAYS. You were created for a purpose. God created you unique. There is no one on earth like you, and He loves you more than you will ever understand. He made you and knows everything about you. Matthew 10:30 says that “even the hairs of your head are all numbered.”

      In the beginning of the Bible, we’re told that “God created man in His own image.” You are an expression of God’s work, created in His very likeness. Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

      You are valued, Bry, and created to live life in abundance (John 10:10). Not only that, but He understands your pain and wants to help you through it. Isaiah 53:3 says He was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.”

      We have passed on your message so we can respond to you more fully.

  5. R lee says:

    God has saved me again. How can I repay him

    1. BGEA says:


      Here is Billy Graham’s answer to your question:

      My Answer

      -BGEA Staff

  6. William Ellis says:

    I feel guilty but I want to go to heaven to be with my wife married 40 years. I miss her so much