IOUS: A Guide to Prayer by Travis Evans
November 27, 2006, 1:38 pm
Filed under: Devotions


By Jonathan Oldacre

You may have seen this before, but I’m sure there’s enough of you who haven’t to warrant this post. One of our heroes, John Piper, uses this “IOUS acronym… almost every day in praying for those [he] love[s].” It’s a great way to begin your time with God in the morning, or to guide your prayers for those you love as well. If you’re anything like me, you usually wake up dulled, inclined to yourself, the eyes of your heart are clouded, your thoughts are pulled in a thousand directions, and you can often lack satisfaction in God prior to meeting with Him in the morning. I usually pray this before my time with God daily, and I receive immeasurable benefits as God answers these prayers by His grace for His glory:

“1. Ask God to give you an Inclination to his Word (Psalm 119:36)

2. Ask God to Open your eyes to see wonderful things when you read his Word (Psalm 119:18)

3. Ask to have your heart United in the fear of God rather than fragmented over a dozen concerns (Psalm 86:11)

4. Ask to be Satisfied in his steadfast love (Psalm 90:14).”

Enjoy the riches of grace that await!

(Adapted from this artcle by Dr. Piper)


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I just finished reading chapter nine of When I Don’t Desire God, which includes a discussion of the IOUS acronym. I think it’s fantastic! In fact, I had been planning on blogging about this very thing. Thanks for stealing my thunder. (Insert lame joke about how “You Owe Me” now.)

Comment by Cap Stewart

just wanted to say that i’m a big fan of the IOUS as well. and while i’m here: this blog is such an incredible resource and blessing… keep up the good (and hard) work, guys!!


Comment by holly r

Hard work? All these guys do is sit around in a dark room, smoke cigars and think up new ways to belittle me. I’m seriously thinking about a libel suit.

Comment by Cap Stewart

Cap, there’s not much thinking involved when it comes to belittleing you….I mean, there’s so much material!

holly, thanks for the encouragement.


Comment by Jonathan Oldacre

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