At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
If St. Paul, who literally lived and died for the gospel, wanted Christians praying for him to be bold and clear in his proclamation of the gospel, how much more should I seek clarity?! He knew the task was crucial to declare the gospel. There are four things in this prayer request that help us see what gospel proclamation should be.
First, God must bring OPPORTUNITY. Paul wanted God to open the door to people who needed to hear about Jesus. God must precede the telling of the good news, leading us to ready hearts.
Second, the truth of Jesus is a surprising MYSTERY. That is from the New Testament view of the word, the gospel is fresh news... a surprising turn in world history showing us that God loves us, sent Jesus Who died and rose again to save us. It is unexplainable by natural means but totally believable by faith alone.
The gospel needs CLARITY as it is told to people. Paul didn't want his personality or circumstances clouding the gospel story. The truth should always be clear.
And finally, sharing the gospel is a NECESSITY for the believer. Paul was under obligation and his request to be clear says as much because he says he "ought" to speak the gospel. I then out of NECESSITY must look of OPPORTUNITY to tell the MYSTERY of Jesus with CLARITY.