Anyone watching "Skywire" on Discovery Channel on Sunday noticed something: Nik Wallenda certainly has a strong belief in Jesus.
During his 1,500-foot high climb on a two-inch wire across a gorge near the Grand Canyon, Wallenda was heard praying to Jesus quite often. At one point in his nearly 23-minute walk across Little Colorado River Gorge, Wallenda said, “Definitely whipping that cable .... Golly, wind. Go away, in the name of Jesus ... Thank you, Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, Lord ... Oh, yeah. That's my savior. That's Jesus."
The tightrope walker opened up about his religious beliefs on "The View" this week, explaining (above), "I have a fear of God. And that's my fear. I respect him deeply and I believe he's given me this unique talent ... I don't believe that God is keeping me on that wire in any way, no ... I know where I'm gonna go if I do fall ... I just feel confident in my beliefs that I'm gonna go to heaven."
Wallenda told The Christian Post that he often talks to God during his tightrope walks. "I find that peaceful and relaxing and He's the only one up there listening to me," Wallenda said. "My life is based on my faith. I guess the biggest role that it plays is that if I do fall and die I know where I'm going."
The Christian Science Monitor noted that Wallenda's new memoir, “Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line,” released this week, includes passages like, “God’s grace is the balancing pole that keeps me from falling into self-obsession and self-deception. Whatever I have achieved -- and will ever achieve -- is the result of my relationship with Him.”
From Neil Patrick Harris to "Modern Family" creator Steve Levitan, to comedians Ricky Gervais and Doug Benson, Twitter had a field day with Wallenda's constant prayer.
Proud of Nik Wallenda for his epic high wire walk. Less proud of agreeing to drink a shot every time he said ‘Jesus’. I can’t feel my face.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 24, 2013
— Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) June 24, 2013
Well done Jesus for getting that bloke across the Grand Canyon safely.
I bet he feels silly for wasting so much time practicing now.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 24, 2013
— Doug Benson (@DougBenson) June 24, 2013
And YouTuber Kevin Conklin made this video of all 152 religious mentions Wallenda made during his walk over the canyon. Enjoy!