As my husband and I get older we have come to truly appreciate the importance of physical exercise in maintaining a certain level of health and fitness. Our desire is to continue to have a full and active life well into our senior years and beyond. To that end we maintain a weekly workout regimen. But as you know, when you work out, after awhile your body acclimates to your current level of activity and you need to change up your routine a bit to continue to reap the benefits. The same can be said of our prayer life.
If we desire to continue to grow spiritually we need to tend to our prayer life. We may have our daily devotional or prayer regimen in place, and that is good, but every now and then we can benefit by modifying it a bit. We may need to dig in even deeper, especially if things have become stagnant. The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises are designed to do just that.
Some call the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises a "school of prayer", others a way of learning spiritual discernment and still others a way to live more fully into your Christian faith. I say the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, when done correctly, is a transformational prayer journey that will help to birth Christ more fully in you. In the ISE you do much more than reading or studying scripture. The exercises involve among other things praying with scripture. The exercises train us to grow in interior freedom by making us aware of disordered attachments in our lives, and then helping us to discern better so that we can respond more generously to God's call on our lives.