Q. Is it a sin and an offense to the Lord if I ask Him for some lethal disease? I know He doesn’t share out diseases (rather His enemy). But somewhere the Bible says that the righteous perish early and nobody notice it and they not understand that the Lord carried him away to spare from this world’s evil things and this life’s pains. Our blessed hope is the rapture but what if this is many years away and everything just gets worse?
Once I pondered on this how would it feel to come to know that I have cancer or any incurable lethal disease and I felt joyful expectancy, gladness and so much looseness from this life’s cares, that I will be in heaven with Him soon and that “soon” is very certain. Of course maybe I would feel fear from death too. At times I ask for this in prayer but as in other things in that too I ask Him for His will!
I don’t want to offend the Lord. Please tell me if is this legitimate to ask for in prayer.
A. By “the righteous perish,” you’re referring to Isaiah 57:1:
The righteous perish,
and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away,
and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
to be spared from evil.
Far be it from me to judge you, or comment on the severity of your trials, but your life is not your own, you were bought with a price. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
The purpose of your life is to glorify God, and if that’s not happening, you should ask Him what you should be doing differently. When you were born again you gave your life to Him to use as He sees fit.
Read Romans 12:1-2, put your life on the altar again, and ask Him to use it for the purpose He intends. Then let Him decide whether you live or die for Him.