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Imagine coming across a discovery of unparalleled magnitude for the well-being of the human race, and then being ordered to sit on it until you are commanded otherwise. How would you respond? The disciples are told to wait till they have received power from heaven – and so after Jesus’ ascension they turn to prayer, keeping the communication lines open with God. They actively wait, devoting themselves to listening and pleading with God – this time is characterized by unity of mind and heart, and by full inclusion of all Jesus’ followers – the apostles, the women (!), and Jesus’ mother and siblings (!). The mission of God is accomplished not simply by knowing the truth, but by following God’s leading.