The powerful gospel-like ballad finds Kesha reflecting on how she overcame her despair and found peace during this difficult period. She explained in an essay on the Lenny
blog, which was posted on the same day as the song's release.
"'Praying,' my first single in almost four years, comes out today. I have channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression, I've overcome obstacles, and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach," Kesha wrote. "I've found what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace. This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you."
"It's a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone," she continued. "It's also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal."