Russell Wilson’s squeaky-clean image took a bit of a hit over the past year or so, with news that he was getting a divorce after just two years of marriage, followed by a relationship with pop singer Ciara. But the Seahawks quarterback told an audience at a San Diego megachurch Sunday that while Ciara was indeed his “girlfriend,” the two are trying to practice abstinence.

“I ain’t gonna lie to y’all now, I need y’all to pray for us!” Wilson exclaimed during an interview with Pastor Miles McPherson of the Rock Church.

In a wide-ranging discussion with McPherson — who himself played in the NFL, as did his brother, Don — Wilson touched on his life story and his desire to continue playing baseball, as well as, of course, his faith. The quarterback spoke of how special Ciara was to him, then told a story about when he was backstage at one of her concert tour stops.

“It was about 15 minutes before she went onstage,” he told McPherson, “and she was sitting there, and God spoke to me. He said, ‘I need you to lead her.’ And I was like, ‘Really? Right now?’ … He goes, ‘No, I want you and need you to lead her.’ And so I told her, right then and there, ‘What would you do if we took all that extra stuff off the table?’ Just do it Jesus’s way.”

When McPherson asked Russell to “elaborate on what that means,” the quarterback said, “Yeah, we’re talking about sex.”

“I knew that God had brought me into her life to bless her, and for her to bless me,” Russell continued, “and to bless so many people with the impact that she has, that I have. We’re not going to be perfect, by any means … but He’s anointed both of us. I know that He’s calling for us to do something miraculous, something special.

“And I told her — and she completely agreed — is the fact that, ‘Can we love each other without that?’ If you can really love somebody without that, then you can really love somebody.”

“What you need to do is get one of these real quick,” McPherson laughed, showing off his wedding ring. “I can get you one of these real quick.”

“If there’s a 10, she’s a 15,” Wilson said, “so I need y’all to pray for me.”

Here is video of the exchange: