Not only meditation
Ignatian prayer is composed of two distinct moments: the time for prayer and the review of prayer/ The former is the time of entering into the relationship with the Lord and savour it. The second moment serves the purpose of becoming aware of the seeds that have been sown and the fruit that is maturing.
When prayer with a biblical narrative, Ignatius suggests using one’s imagination to see the scene and the people, listen to what they say, observe what they do, while being present at the scene. This form of prayer permits is to interact using our affections and not simply our reasoning.
Asking our Lord for what I want and desire
At the beginning of our prayer, Ignatius suggests “asking God our Lord for what I wish and desire”. It is a fundamental moment in our prayer because it puts into practice what Jesus told us:
“whatever you have asked of the Father in my name, he shall give to you.” (Jn 15:16)