This is the only song on Hillbilly Jedi
that neither Big Kenny or John Rich contributed to the writing. The duo rarely cut outside songs and Rich told The Boot
why they felt compelled to record this one. "That song is what country songs are supposed to be about," he said. "You can't say it any better than that song. I wish we could've written it, but it's OK that we didn't. Two or three years ago, I bought Willie Nelson's box set, which probably had 200 songs on it. I started looking at all the credits, assuming Willie wrote everything he ever sang. But he didn't write 'You were Always On My Mind
.' and actually a bunch of other stuff. Same with Johnny Cash, Waylon [Jennings] ... So it dawned on me one day that you don't have to write everything you sing to be a true artist. When you come across a song like 'That's Why I Pray,' it's so special that you need
to cut it. I don't care if zoo animals wrote it! You record it because it's such a powerful, special song."