This week is the start of what is traditionally known as “Holy Week”, the final week of Lent. Lent is a time people utilize to draw nearer to God through prayer, fasting, extended bible reading, and to simply get right with God. We are by no means in short supply of things to get right before God individually and societally. In the original church this time frame was marked by people preparing for baptism to declare faith in Christ and for people who had fallen short to take personal responsibility for their actions, inactions, and thoughts. So it became a time of confession: confession of faith and a cleansing of the soul. Prayer, including corporate prayer, played an important role in this. Prayer, both individual and corporate, was and is still now our **way of 1a.rising above the fray. That phrase “rising above the fray” 1b.means not putting up with current fraying conditions, those things that we struggle with and wear us thin, but to ascend above them to a higher place. And the way we are given by God to do that is PRAYER!