I.O.T.L. (Inquire of the Lord) is a simple four-letter acronym that stands for “Inquire of the Lord.” I.O.T.L. is about seeking the presence of God. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul emphasized the importance of “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). And throughout the Old Testament, when leaders “inquired of the Lord,” they experienced victories (Judges 20:23; Judges 20:27; 1 Samuel 23:2,4; 2 Samuel 5:23; 1 Chronicles 14:10).
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit dwells in you (1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16). Therefore, it is wise to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV) and include Him in everything. Including God provides power and protection.
+ I.O.T.L. is a reminder to invite God into your life, your marriage, and the decisions you make.
+ I.O.T.L. includes putting God first, trusting Him (Proverbs 3:5–6), and asking for wisdom (James 1:5).
+ I.O.T.L. will provide you with insight that no authors, teachers, or pastors/priests can provide.
Remember, I.O.T.L. is not a religious exercise. It involves a person relating to God. Picture a child saying to a good mommy/daddy, “I trust you. Please give me wisdom and help me to make good decisions.” Similar to co-leading together, I.O.T.L. and including God in our decision-making process is not something we have to do; instead it’s something we get to do.