Pray - Ryan Vazquez

The Experience: As it turns to Sunday... Torn between the love I feel and the faith I believe...
The Vibe: Bright and cheery.
The Topic: Sexual Attraction.
The Value: Love. Faith.
The Tension: Your holy water drips down your hips (the human love I feel) VS. As it turns to Sunday (my faith in God intrudes).



Music video: Still waiting.

The Meaning of Pray: Since the dawn of time man has always tended to idolize powerful experiences. Sex is one of them. Some cultures even considered sex a form of union with the divine. But you can't pray to two gods at the same time. That's the tension that drives Pray. Ryan Vazquez is praying at two temples... and he feels like a hypocrite in both: it turns to Sunday as he's in bed with her, and his mind's still back in his bed when he kneels down to pray. That tension is all the more real because love and God are both hugely good things. The good news? You don't have to choose: God and love, with the life-long commitment that makes it authentic, meet in marriage. But without that commitment, love is cheapened. And God won't stand for cheapened love.

Some theology: man is made for a deep intimacy with God that is prefigured here on earth in the relationship of husband and wife. When we forget that the sexual act is a pre-figurement of something deeper to come, we easily divinize the sexual act itself because of its ecstatic beauty. In Pray Ryan Vazquez shows exactly this dynamic at work. He goes to Sunday worship, but the sexual relationship he has idolized prevents him from doing more than going through the motions. Sex is beautiful: designed and wanted by God to physically and intimately unite couples who have pledged their lives to each other. That intimacy is also an image of God's love for us: the biblical book of Song of Songs in the Old Testament even uses erotic language to speak of the deep spiritual intimacy God wants to have with each person. The beauty of the intimacy between Ryan and his girl reflected in this song is inspiring... but out of context.  It is no longer leading them to deeper union with God. Instead they have turned it into their god. Unfortunately, it becomes and idol that can't satisfy their deepest desires. That's why Ryan drags himself to mass on Sunday, looking for something more...

Ask yourself: Do you put love on the pedestal that belongs to God instead of on the pedestal that God created for love?

Album: - (2018)

LYRICS:


Wake up in the morning when the sun shines in
Half awake, half asleep until you chime in
The clock striking its final chords
So get up, get out, rise and shine for the house of the Lord
He knows where my dreams have been
But I still shower off that liquid sin
Down the road, chasin' Sunday sunlight
Wondering if you're feeling alright about last night
I can't quite concentrate, sit up straight, we're late
But my mind's still back in my bed
The priest starts talkin'
My soul goes walkin' about my head

'Cause as soon as I close my eyes
Brings me back to my temple in between those thighs
My mind does a full eclipse
And the world dissolves while I'm worshiping your lips
Your flames get hotter
Your holy water drips down your hips as it turns to Sunday
So I get on my knees and pray

Get on my knees and pray, yeah, eh

Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
I'm trapped with the people that I love the most
I drift off and begin to dream
My thoughts streamin', your voice ringin', my body singing it back
Relax, when we first met
I bet you never guessed we'd be full speed ahead
Now I can't get the taste of your
Sweat and your wet lips out of my head

'Cause as soon as I close my eyes
Brings me back to my temple in between those thighs
My mind does a full eclipse
And the world dissolves while I'm worshiping your lips

Your flames get hotter
Your holy water drips down your hips as it turns to Sunday
So I get on my knees and pray

I kneel at the shrine
I eat from the vine
Drinking your wine
I'm feeling your spine
Bending to my design
And it's all mine
I'm begging you for one more crawl
I wanna feel your waterfall, fall...

Hush, don't make a sound
The service is over in the king's been crowned
I manage just a soft amen
Then I close my eyes to visit you and I again

The flames get hotter
Your holy water
Drips down your hips as it turns to Sunday
So I get on my knees and...

As soon as I close my eyes
Brings me back to my temple in between those thighs
My mind does a full eclipse
And the world dissolves while I'm worshiping your lips
Your flames get hotter
Your holy water drips down your hips as it turns to Sunday
I get on my knees and pray
Get on my knees and pray

review by Ryan Carlin

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