Happy are the pure in heart, they will see God. Matthew 5:8
The disciple whom Jesus called and who was pure in heart was Nathanael. Philip found Nathanael and told him, ” We have found the one whom Moses wrote about in the book of the Law and whom the prophets also wrote about. He is Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth. ” John 1:45
Can anything good come from Nazareth? Nathanael asked. ” Come and see, ” answered Philip. He thus went and wanted to take a look at what Philip was talking about. Nathanael was rash in judgement because he was always under a fig tree. The fig tree is a symbol of God’s peace and blessing. ” Under the fig tree ” was his faithfulness to prayer. His rash answer to Philip was the purity of his heart as a true child of Israel; a real Israelite. He was expecting someone else.
Jesus knew what Nathanael was doing under the fig tree before he was called. When he saw Nathanael coming to him, he said about him, ” Here is a real Israelite there is nothing false in him! ”
Nathanael asked him, ” How do you know me? ” and Jesus answered, ” I saw you when you were under the fig tree before Philip called you. ” ” Teacher, ” answered Nathanael, ” You are the Son of God! You are the king of Israel! ”
Without regret for coming with Philip, Nathanael became one of Jesus’ disciples. He was the pure in heart and he had seen Jesus, his Lord and God. He was then Bartholomew among the apostles and he lived to see the out pouring of the Holy Spirit among themselves on Pentecost. His purity in heart opened his eyes spiritually to recognize Jesus as the Son of God and the king of Israel, and witnessed for Pentecost too, the new birth of church.
Prayer gives us a pure heart and a pure heart can do much.