Patrick Mayberry, who first experienced corporate worship music as a college student at Passion ’06, conceived “Breakthrough Miracle Power” as he wrestled with feelings of inadequacy that were at odds with a clear calling from God to pursue the path of an artist. He also had some friends in the back of his mind who needed a breakthrough, one who was struggling in a marriage, another who was battling debilitating back pain.
“It started on my own, and it was super personal,” he says of writing the building anthem that will serve as his official introduction as an artist with Centricity Music. “It’s essentially a desperate song of when your back’s against the wall and there’s no way out, and ultimately, you’re just desperate for the Lord to show up.”
In a full circle moment after finishing the song with Bede Benjamin-Korporaal (Hillsong Young & Free), Mayberry’s demo ended up in the hands of the team at Passion, who instantly fell in love with the vulnerable, pleading lyric. Passion’s Kristian Stanfill and Mayberry then rewrote the song’s bridge, and Stanfill is already leading it at Atlanta’s Passion City Church.
Mayberry’s earnest vocal on the song implores God to do what only He can do. But, for the humble songwriter, “Breakthrough Miracle Power” is more than a raw prayer petitioning a divine move of God. It’s the culmination of years of doubt, perseverance and obedience.