Recording of the song by artist Katy Nichole In the name of Jesus topped the music charts, set records and garnered her multiple award nominations.
She said one of the main reasons the song was such a hit was the social media platform TikTok.
“I was going to post just a snippet of the bridge from the song. And that was the ‘I pray for your healing that circumstances change’ whole part of the song. It’s just a little snippet of it, and I don’t usually pray for my TikTok videos,” Nichole told CBN News.
“It wasn’t something that I did on a regular basis, but for some reason, you know, I was led to pray over this video before posting it and I just said, Lord, touch at least one person. Like it didn’t have to be a lot of people. Just one person, one story. And that’s the only person I was supposed to reach,” she continued.
The singer went on to explain that the song’s lyrics were deeply personal to her.
“Those words. I knew they were powerful. Like in my own heart. I had no idea I was going to have the impact it had,” Nichole said.
Recently In the name of Jesus won “Worship Song of the Year” at the K-LOVE Fan Awards.
Recalling the win, she told CBN News, “I was in shock when I won Worship Song of the Year. And (it) also took me a little bit back to when I was writing this song and how that experience of writing this song led to this moment and how God orchestrates it so perfectly.”
Nichole was born with scoliosis, a curvature of the spine.
“You know, I was born with scoliosis, but it wasn’t diagnosed until I was five years old,” she explained. “I remember it was getting worse and kind of a fear of knowing it was getting worse. And I might need major back surgery. And then I had back surgery in 2015, and that definitely wasn’t exactly the way we thought it was going to be. And I came out the other side in a lot of pain.
“I was never bedridden. I was in a position where I was stuck because I was in so much pain and excruciating pain that frustrated me to the point where it became depression” , recalls Nichole. “I literally felt like a cloud of smoke had just consumed my life. I knew God was there. I knew he was with me. But I couldn’t see him. That cloud of smoke was so thick and so intense throughout my life that i was trapped and felt like i was trapped in my own body i felt i was trapped in my own skin . I felt like a person who looked down on me. This depression had taken over my whole life and this pain had taken over my whole life.”
She was in so much pain that she wanted to give up.
“I grabbed a bottle of pills off my dresser. And I looked at it and said, ‘It would be as simple as that.’ I knew what it could do to me and I went to my bathroom and that bottle of pills fell on the floor and I just felt the Lord say, “I’m not done yet. You have to hang on,” Nichole said. “I’ve held on to those words for three long years. The pain I felt was excruciating. But the hope, that tiny glimmer of hope was there. All the while God was with me and I reached a place where there was no other option for me. I had been to all the doctors.
“Nobody could figure out why I was in pain. And my surgeon said, ‘Well, you can take out the metal rods and the screws, but it’s riskier than leaving them in your back.’ terrifying.. But at the same time, I said, “Take it out. I don’t know if I’ll do it tomorrow.”
“I walked out of surgery and I’m telling you, there wasn’t a single window in the ICU that I woke up in, but I saw the light again for the first time,” Nichole noted. “That smoke cloud, it had parted and I knew Jesus was in that room. I knew he had placed a purpose in my life. And I certainly don’t mean making TikTok videos. I don’t want to say standing on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry. I mean Jesus is in me and I live each day striving to be more like Christ.”
Through it all, she says she will never stop striving to be more like Christ.
“I fear I’ll fail every day of my life. But I’ll never stop striving. Never stop reaching for that,” Nichole said. “I mean, He would create me. He would love me. He would have so much mercy and grace for me. Who am I to put a limit on what he can do?”
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