Pray that I may proclaim it clearly.
Paul asked the Colossians to pray that God would open a door for his message (Col 4:3). Even though he was in prison, his primary concern was that his testimony about Christ would find a receptive audience—that God would open the right doors.
He asked them to pray that he would proclaim the message clearly and that he would speak as he “ought to speak” (Col 4:4).
He asked the Ephesians to pray that he would “declare [the Word] fearlessly” (Eph 6:19–20). But he wanted his presentation to be done graciously (Col 4:6), with a spirit of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Col 3:12). He desired wisdom that he might know how to speak to each person who came through whatever door God opened (Col 4:5–6).
What we say is important—
and so is how we say it.