What Paul Miller Learned from His Father About Prayer

Your father, Jack Miller, is well-known for his impact as a pastor, evangelist, missions organizer and author. What impact did he have on your life, especially as regards living a life of prayer?

I watched my dad become passionate about prayer during my teenage years. He learned it when he was a professor at Westminster Seminary from watching ministries in Europe, particularly Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri in the late 60s. When Dad and I started World Harvest Mission in 1983 that became an important part of the DNA of our work. So the value and power of corporate prayer came from my dad.

The other thread from my dad was his emphasis on the gospel as something that Christians need to believe, that our weakness is the door to grace. I simply took that insight and applied that to my prayer life.