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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. Blessings says:


  2. Karen says:

    I understand those feelings all too well; bug bites on a mission trip 13 years ago left me permanently disabled. Some days I so badly want the healing I know only HEAVEN will bring me that it's only by faith and prayers I get through each day.

  3. Paula says:

    When my husband and I first started our ministry in 1970 we had a nursing home ministry. We saw so many who asked us “why am I still here”? Larry would say, “I really needed your hug today, or I needed your advice” ..they just smiled!!!

  4. cherry says:

    My mom has a lot of medical issues that she is aware of, but my brother that's over her medical will not accept her wanting to go to be with her Lord. How can we get him to let her go.

  5. Linda says:

    E.K. It's possible that God has kept you here to ask that very question.It seems that a lot of people feeel the same way.I know I feel the way you do.We all needed to get the answer to that question.

  6. Ladena says:

    in the 1990s my dear mother-in-law and i talked every night at about 11pm. my 5 young ones and dad were in bed, she said she needed to talk because she was not sure she was going to heaven. i saw how important it is to talk about being saved .

  7. Debbie says:

    I have been asking this question for sometime . My mom gave birth to 13 kids. She will be 88 in September. My dad passed away when he was barely 58 and she has lived alone every since. She now has arthritis in her back so bad she is nearly bent over.

  8. Roy says:

    Amen very well said Brother Billy Graham

  9. Shirley says:

    I have so often wondered why I am still here. I don't seem to be of use to anyone. In fact, my husband and children seem to resent everything about me. I am 68 years old.

  10. Diana says:

    I needed to hear this today, at age 70, and failing health. Thanks to YOU, I heard your message on tv, at age 24, accepted Christ, was saved, baptized. I have nearly every book you and your family have written. I thank God for you, YOU are my HERO,