When our former Midshipman was but a lowly HS freshman, and ramping up his run for a shot at a room in Bancroft Hall, his mother and many friends concurrently ramped up a plan of praying that his dream might be clear, correct, and honored by his Creator. Many years after those 2 concurrent plans went into play, we've not ceased in that practice, watching the progress, praying for doing his best, keeping him safe. And so far, so great! Along the way, our now USNA alum and his parents experienced many seeming "miracles", coincidences, serendipitous meetings and events, monumental moments of “good luck”, and amazing answers given in more-than-timely way. It has been crystal-clear that an indescribable force has been responding to this calling and its praying partners in the process. “What's the point, where you headed lil piggy”, you ask? Well, it's not always popular or “correct” to pose such possibilities in our secularized "multi-culturalized" society. But that ignores the facts as well as being thorough and complete in its possibilities and potential for guiding people along this path. I don’t like it when my MD tells me the cure for my condition is counting calories and counting the times I exercise. Still, it is the truth. And so it is, several possibilities seem eminently clear and at least possible in this particular issue for candidates, families engaged in this extremely complex, competitive, confusing, and in some cases, controversial pursuit. 1. We've done it, i.e. prayed all along the way, gratefully joined by a whole bunch of USNA parents and others. And it seems to work as we’ve prayed for opportunities, good results, recovering from “toe stubs” and missteps, for just the right people at just the right time. Unfailingly, it’s brought only good results. 2. I'm confident many have chosen NOT to take this step in the appointment process, and have found this promised land with equally good outcomes, regardless. 3. Did I mention, “Prayer works!”? It has been absolutely stunning how apparent it has been that there is Outside consideration and intervention in our experience. I plan to write a book one day, even though I doubt it will ever be included as a final chapter in “The U.S.N.A. Candidate’s Handbook.” Now, we all know that USNA is a public, secularized institution despite enlisting a diverse chaplain staff and having a beautiful synagogue and Navy rabbi along with one of the world’s most awesome chapel/churches and even a host congregation. Still, safe saying the 10 Commandments won’t be engraved on Herndon anytime soon. Still, let’s hope (and pray?) PC never, ever “separates” God from the Yard! But what this site is about is identifying key, critical steps and activities to aid and enlighten budding USNA candidates, parents, and interested parties. And so … Whatever your view of “prayer” and seeking godly guidance in this, pro, con, or otherwise … what role if any has it played for you? Has it worked? Why? Is it important for others? Please share. Whadya think?