Toward him (pro auton). Fellowship with (pro, face to face) Christ. For boldness see John 2:28 . That (oti). Declarative again, as in verse 1 John 5:11 . If we ask anything (ean ti aitwmeqa). Condition of third class with ean and present middle (indirect) subjunctive (personal interest as in James 4:3 , though the point is not to be pressed too far, for see Matthew 20:20Matthew 20:22 ; John 16:24John 16:26 ). According to his will (kata to qelhma autou). This is the secret in all prayer, even in the case of Jesus himself. For the phrase see 1 Peter 4:19 ; Galatians 1:4 ; Ephesians 1:5Ephesians 1:11 . He heareth us (akouei hmwn). Even when God does not give us what we ask, in particular then ( Hebrews 5:7 ).