"Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)" is the second single from the album Nicholas Jonas by American singer/songwriter Nicholas Jonas. It was written in 2002 while Nicholas was performing in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. Nicholas was eight when he wrote the song with his father.
"Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)" was originally recorded in 2002 while Nicholas was performing in Beauty and the Beast. With background vocals from the Beauty and the Beast cast, Nicholas performed the song on the 2002 annual Broadway "Equity Fights AIDS" album, Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure, Vol. 4.
In November 2003, INO Records received a demo copy of "Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)" and released the song to Christian radio, where it quickly became popular on Record & Radio's Christian Adult Contemporary Chart. By September 2004, an executive at Columbia Records found out about Nick's song. Nick was soon jointly signed to INO Records and Columbia Records.".
In 2004, Nicholas recorded a new solo recording of "Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)", which was released on November 16. It became the second single off the album Nicholas Jonas, which was given a limited release later that year. The song made it to #8 on the Billboard Chistian songs chart.