'I Surrender' was written as we were preparing for our annual Encounter youth conference, which is a pivotal event for our youth ministry every year. The theme was about having a hunger and desperation for God and we needed a song to really mark the conference with. After talking with our youth pastor I began writing three or four other songs with the conference in mind but kept coming back to these few lyrics, “Here I am down on my knees again… surrendering all.”
I continued working on the song right up to the time of the first band rehearsals and as we began rehearsing we felt God really breathe on the music and the lyrics and it became a theme of not just that youth conference but also a song of prayer and personal dedication for our entire church as our worship teams soon began leading it across our weekend services... “I surrender... I want to know You more... Lord have Your way in me”.
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