M.J. Hancock, Tim Challies

Pathway to Prayer: Encouragements to Pray from Voices of the Past

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More than 500 of the best quotes on prayer.
From more than 100 of the best Christian writers on prayer.
That we might draw closer to God in prayer.

Foreword by Tim Challies

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A glorious treasure trove of encouragement, that we might grow closer to God in prayer.

  • More than 500 of the best quotes on prayer
  • From 106 Christian writers spanning 17 centuries
  • Plus more than 180 Bible verses
  • Painstakingly curated, organized, and assembled into 50 practical and theological topics

Learn directly from the hard-won wisdom of many of the most devoted, prayerful Christians throughout church history. People who often struggled to pray but nevertheless pressed on in faith, confident that God would meet them, mature them, and guide them in his perfect will. Classic writers such as:

  • Thomas Brooks
  • Richard Baxter
  • William Gurnall
  • Oliver Heywood
  • Octavius Winslow
  • Horatius Bonar
  • C.H. Spurgeon
  • J.C. Ryle
  • Andrew Murray
  • and many more

Pathway to Prayer is a unique and beautiful volume, every page packed with profound encouragement and timeless insight. An extraordinary labor of love—and a multi-year project for author M.J. Hancock, a long-time missionary to Cambodia—this book can help lead any Christian into deeper and more meaningful times of prayer.

Whether it’s jump-starting a stalled prayer life or broadening and deepening a mature one, Pathway to Prayer brings invaluable direction and guidance from what is truly the wisdom of the ages. For the full experience read it straight through, stopping regularly to meditate on the wisdom that leaps off the page, or selectively dip into any of the 50 topical sections for a laser focus on a particular area of need.


M.J. Hancock lives with his wife and six children in Cambodia where they have served as missionaries since 2014.


“This is a book to read slowly and meditatively, as each quotation is a sword to cut down our pride, a burning coal to ignite our hearts with holy desire, and a compass to direct us in the way of communion with God.”
—Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“As I made mark after mark on my copy, the passages made mark after mark on my own soul. I was being changed. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who desperately needs the transforming encouragements of this book.”
—J.D. Crowley, Missionary, Linguist, Author

“I have often thought it would be a good idea to compile a collection of quotes from godly saints of the past on the topic of prayer specifically. Pathway to Prayer is exactly what I had in mind, beautifully and comprehensively realized. Let us have the humility to recognize our poverty in this vital Christian virtue and seek by God’s help to recover that which has largely been lost.”
—Steven Lee, Founder, Sermon Audio

“I encourage you to read this book with patience and understand each of these paragraphs or sentences to be a brief but dense summary of truth that will lead you deeper into your relationship with the Lord who commands and invites us to pray.”
—Tim Challies, author, pastor, blogger


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Weight5.5 oz
Dimensions0.6 × 5.5 × 8.5 in
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Cruciform Standard


Print / PDF 978-1-949253-42-9
Mobi 978-1-949253-44-3
ePub 978-1-949253-43-6

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18.99 Print, 13.50 ebook


208 pages


Paperback, Three Ebook Formats


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