How Katy Nichole’s ‘In Jesus’ Name (God of Possible)’ Went From TikTok Sensation to Prayerful Declaration
By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor
“I pray for your healing, that circumstances would change/I pray that the fear inside would flee in Jesus name/I pray that a breakthrough would happen today/I pray miracles over your life in Jesus name/In Jesus name …” Katy Nichole belts in her prayerful ballad on Air1 radio, one of the top Christian radio stations in the country, moments before she calls me.
I laughingly tell the new artist about how she’s singing to me while I turn down the radio and turn up the phone call. The 21-year-old is humble, taken aback by just how popular the words she wrote in her prayer journal over the last few years have become.
“In Jesus’ Name (God of Possible)” is now the No. 1 Christian song, according to Billboard, rapidly growing from TikTok soundbite to full-on worship ballad.
“The song came out of a really hard season of my life,” Nichole tells Movieguide®. “That the song was being written over the last two to three years, but I didn’t know that until a lot later on. I have a prayer journal, and that’s how I talk to God is through this prayer journal. I started it in 2020, and some of the worst of my anxiety happened from the year 2020, and I really needed an outlet, I needed somewhere to jot down the feelings I was feeling, and also a place to give all of those feelings to God. That’s what my prayer journal was for me.”
Nichole wrote the detailed prayers that became “In Jesus’ Name” as she battled some of her fiercest anxiety attacks, declaring God’s healing over her life.
“‘I pray for your healing, for circumstances to change,’ that came the night before we wrote that song. Then as I was writing the rest of the song, I had a moment with God, where I just felt Him asking me to go to my keyboard and play something. It turned into the verses of the song. It was really one of those moments where I was like, ‘This is what I need to hear, so maybe someone else is going to need to hear this, as well.’ The craziest part of it all was that I looked back in my prayer journal, and I started highlighting lines of the songs that were being written over the last two to three years,” Nichole says.
She took the chorus and posted it to the popular short-video platform TikTok, which often gets flak for its harmful algorithm. In this case, the algorithm worked to Nichole’s advantage, and her prayer for herself and others went viral.
“When I posted this little clip of a song, I had literally no intentions for it,” Nichole says. “It was just me posting some content for the week, as I was really consistent with the content I was posting on TikTok. That was part of my life for the last couple years. I had a couple songs that I’d written like a week before I posted these videos. When I posted this little clip of the song, I actually created the video, because I was like, ‘You know what, maybe somebody does need to hear these words. So if it’s just one person, God, that’s okay. That’s the only person that You ever need to reach. That’s totally fine with me. I just want you to know, God, that I want Your will to be done in all of this.’
“Obviously, I wanted that for all my videos. But I think in this moment, I was thinking, Okay, I do think there’s something powerful in praying over someone through song, there’s something cool about that,” Nichole continues. “I posted the video, and I left everything for a while … by the time I went back, the video had reached a lot of people. What I noticed was that it was resonating with people in a way that I’d never seen any of my videos do before. It was cool to see that something that I had said was touching people and God was using that.”
As Movieguide® previously reported, Nichole was soon picked up by Centricity Music, and her song began making the rounds on Christian radio.
Despite her rapid rise in fame, Nichole remains a woman of prayer, and her journal has become a place where she can record her miracles.
“That prayer journal became so much more important to me knowing that I was seeing the answered prayer right before my eyes,” Nichole says. “I think that was one of the most amazing things [about the song’s skyrocketing popularity]. I’ve never stood in awe like so much of God until I was looking back at this prayer journal, and it was fully filled. All those prayers have been answered — God did that!
“Now I’m looking at the new prayer journal, and I’m like, ‘Okay, this is my struggle now, but God can do it. I spend a lot of time just reading the Word of God and praying every single day, it’s just something that is part of my routine. I really feel empty when I’m not spending at least a moment with God each day,” Nichole continues.
“That’s something I want to encourage people through that song is that they’re never going to be too busy to pray. Like, there is no such thing as that. You always have time in your day. Even if it’s literally like five minutes, if you talk to God every single day, you’ll feel so much more filled, and you will start to grow in your relationship. There will become this intimacy with God that you’ve never experienced before, because I hadn’t experienced it until I’ve taken that time, so it’s really important.”
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