An Ignatian retreat that focuses on prayer can be very enlightening. It calls on attendees to explore the transitions that are possible through prayer. Some people have discovered that prayer is an activity they have engaged in out of lifelong habit. They were taught to bow their heads, fold their hands and speak on a personal level to the creator spirit who is responsible for every life on earth.
For many, prayer as a habit is not enough for spiritual fulfillment. They need a close examination of their purpose in prayer. A retreat director helps them to set a dedicated time to pray in solitude. Then the director meets with them to help them listen to their own outcomes, to discover what has manifested in their own lives in response to their prayers.
To some, this may seem like something they can do on their own. However, there is a huge benefit in having a spiritual guide to help you analyze your own prayer process. You get to hear the spiritual details of your life in a voice that is not too close and is not your own.