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Nik Wallenda Constantly Prayed to Jesus During Successful Grand Canyon Tightrope Walk
Christian Post ^ | 06/24/2013 | Anugrah Kumar

Posted on 06/24/2013 9:57:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

High wire artist Nik Wallenda constantly prayed to Jesus as he walked without a harness on a 1,400-foot long high-wire across a 1,500-foot tall gorge near the Grand Canyon on Sunday, successfully completing the death-defying feat that was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel.

"Thank you Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God," The Associated Press quoted Wallenda as saying as he had reached halfway through the tightrope. He had no safety tether attaching him to his line at a height taller than the Empire State Building, and was facing sudden wind gusts of over 20 mph.

Discovery chose to broadcast the event with a 10-second delay, not wanting to take a chance as even one wrong step could have proven fatal for Wallenda.

Wallenda murmured prayers to Jesus almost constantly along the way, and completed the walk in 22 minutes and 54 seconds.

"It took every bit of me to stay focused that entire time," Wallenda, 34, said, according to Reuters. "My arms are aching like you wouldn't believe."

He had to stop and crouch down twice due to the wind for the first time, and later the cable picked up an unsettling rhythm. But it "was a dream come true," he said. "This is what my family has done for 200 years, so it's part of my legacy."

The "#Skywire" hashtag received more than 700,000 tweets on Twitter.

Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, tweeted just before the feat, saying, "Here at the Grand Canyon with my friend @NikWallenda. Praying for his success!" After the event, he tweeted again. "Congrats to @NikWallenda for making history. Your courage and faith is inspiring."

Pop music singer Keith Urban also tweeted, "GO NIK WALLENDA!!! Absolutely astounding feat AND faith!!!! We were with you every single step!!!! –KU."

Golfer Paul Azinger said on Twitter, "@NikWallenda Wow! You are physically smart and a mental giant." National Football League player JJ Watt said, "Really didn't think I would be this locked in. It's captivating."

The U.S. government did not allow the use of the Grand Canyon proper for the event. Therefore, Wallenda walked above a stretch of the Little Colorado River Gorge on Navajo Nation land, which was equally dangerous.

Wallenda, a married father of three, last summer became the first man in history to walk 1,800 feet on a tightrope across the roaring Niagara Falls from the U.S. to the Canadian side of the falls. Soon thereafter he announced his desire to cross the Grand Canyon.

He is the seventh generation of the legendary Great Wallendas and began walking the wire at age 4. His great-grandfather Karl Wallenda fell off a wire to his death in 1978.

In his memoir, Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line, the high wire artist writes, "I believe that God gives us the power to transform any story from darkness to light."

Wallenda had earlier told The Christian Post, "I visualize myself crossing the Canyon over and over again. I visualize myself making that first step, quarter of a way, half way, three quarters of a way and then finishing that walk. That's really a lot of the mental prep."

He said he often talks to God while he is on the wire. "I find that peaceful and relaxing and He's the only one up there listening to me." He added that his faith plays a crucial role in what he does. "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."


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: christians; faith; grandcanyon; nikwallenda; riskybehavior; tightrope; wallenda
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1 posted on 06/24/2013 9:57:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

There is little doubt of the faith of this man and his family.


2 posted on 06/24/2013 9:59:36 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I was shocked Discovery actually played his audio.


3 posted on 06/24/2013 10:00:21 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Jesus protects fools?


4 posted on 06/24/2013 10:02:23 AM PDT by By and By (Dime Store New Dealers are Milquetoast and Liberal)
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To: SeekAndFind

Meanwhile, posters at ESPN were making fun of the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals for refusing to play in the rain. There WAS a lot of lightning around, though...


5 posted on 06/24/2013 10:03:02 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: By and By

No, but his Daddy does............


6 posted on 06/24/2013 10:03:42 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: By and By

RE: Jesus protects fools?

Yeah, I’m not sure if what he’s doing is not tempting God.


7 posted on 06/24/2013 10:05:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d like to see a muslim do that.


8 posted on 06/24/2013 10:05:53 AM PDT by boycott
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To: SeekAndFind

The lesson to be learned: Don’t try this on your own.


9 posted on 06/24/2013 10:06:38 AM PDT by Misterioso (It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing - Duke Ellington)
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To: By and By
Welcome to FR.

Jesus protects fools?

Why yes, yes He does.

Gain some experience here before casting stones (I'm sure you understand the Biblical ref.).

5.56mm

10 posted on 06/24/2013 10:08:17 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: By and By

Good point. This is not biblical faith.


11 posted on 06/24/2013 10:09:37 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: SeekAndFind
B T T T ! ! ! ©

12 posted on 06/24/2013 10:10:01 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: M Kehoe

A lot of the great revolutionaries who contributed
Much to society were also called fools.

The wright brothe, etc


13 posted on 06/24/2013 10:10:10 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow, his grandfather died in Puerto Rico crossing a wire at the age of 73.

73!!

Here’s more on the family.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/US/06/04/puerto.rico.wallenda.highwire/index.html?hpt=hp_c2


14 posted on 06/24/2013 10:10:37 AM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I do not question the faith of Nik; however, the presence of one false teacher Joel Olsteen was quite a statement to me personally. In listening to the words of Nik as he crossed the wire, it was clear that he is caught up in some false teaching, apparently the “word of faith” teachings from which Joel Olsteen was reared under his father John. Nik, Joel, nor any other man has authority over the wind, or any other elements of nature in the name of Jesus. God alone has reserved that power for himself. As much as men so desire and act the role of a being a little god; God has not invested man with such authority.


15 posted on 06/24/2013 10:11:05 AM PDT by evangmlw
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To: SeekAndFind

Perfect example of religious narcissism.


16 posted on 06/24/2013 10:12:13 AM PDT by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote!)
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To: who knows what evil?

Nobody plays baseball in the rain.


17 posted on 06/24/2013 10:12:53 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not sure Jesus would have answered:

Luke 4:9

The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10For it is written:

‘He will command his angels concerning you

to guard you carefully;

11they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’d ”

12Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’e ”


18 posted on 06/24/2013 10:13:03 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: M Kehoe

I believe Noah took a fair amount of derision over foolishly building an ark.


19 posted on 06/24/2013 10:13:10 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

What I like best about Nik is his lack of costuming. Anybody that can go do amazing stuff in genes and a t-shirt is OK in my book.


20 posted on 06/24/2013 10:13:32 AM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: discostu

Brain fart. jeans Really gotta catch up on my sleep.


21 posted on 06/24/2013 10:15:14 AM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: SeekAndFind

You have to have a lot of faith to do what he did. Great outcome but as a Jew. I was comfortable that Nik was a faithful man but it became too much for me at one point of hearing too many Jesus references. But Thank God he got accross safely.


22 posted on 06/24/2013 10:15:24 AM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: boycott

I’d like to see them all try that.


23 posted on 06/24/2013 10:15:28 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: By and By

I know understand why he protects Obama and Biden.


24 posted on 06/24/2013 10:16:33 AM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: Raycpa

RE: “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.

Nick wallneda: “I’m not throwing myself from down here... I TRAINED HARD NOT TO FALL.”


25 posted on 06/24/2013 10:16:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Wallenda said his faith helped him stay focused on making it to the other side. Just before his stunt, Wallenda had preacher Joel Osteen with him to offer spiritual support and lead prayer with the family
26 posted on 06/24/2013 10:17:14 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: saganite

I’m aware of that...I just found the ESPN postings amusing...


27 posted on 06/24/2013 10:19:07 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Outstanding.


28 posted on 06/24/2013 10:19:21 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: discostu

Heh....what bugged me a bit was calling this the Grand Canyon. He crossed a fork of the Little Colorado River quite a ways east of the Grand Canyon.


29 posted on 06/24/2013 10:19:58 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: SeekAndFind

God gives people strange talents. It’s like watching the cliff divers in Mexico....and they do it every day.


30 posted on 06/24/2013 10:20:43 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind
Sounds like he knows Jesus as his Lord and Savior hopefully.

If this brings more people to the Lord, then so be it.

Crazy stunt though and potentially very risky for his family, but who am I to judge.

I get in trouble with the boss for not wearing protection with the leaf blower.

31 posted on 06/24/2013 10:22:26 AM PDT by Battle Hymn of the Republic
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To: Sacajaweau

Or Tree Catchers...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEKPHbE3NmI


32 posted on 06/24/2013 10:22:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: By and By
And children.

And very often, foolish children.

33 posted on 06/24/2013 10:22:38 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: ncfool

You think he does?

Give it time.


34 posted on 06/24/2013 10:23:40 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: SeekAndFind

But for the Osteen bit, I’m glad he made it.


35 posted on 06/24/2013 10:24:21 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: driftdiver

I heard when he crossed the Niagara falls, ABC cut his audio. But that’s ABC for you, the Absolute ‘Bama Communist channel. Discovery channel is awesome, nothing beats that station.


36 posted on 06/24/2013 10:24:36 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: ErnBatavia

If you glance downward it looks grand enough. And deep.

Nik Wallenda’s profession of faith will soon be criticized by the usual suspects.


37 posted on 06/24/2013 10:25:06 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: evangmlw

Even assuming he is a follower of Joel Olsteen, the fact that this was playing internationally is a good thing. The truth of the Word is still the truth, even if its spoken by a someone less then perfect


38 posted on 06/24/2013 10:25:46 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SeekAndFind

A family dedicated to risking death and often getting their wish. Sorry, but I think they are idiots.


39 posted on 06/24/2013 10:27:46 AM PDT by sakic
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To: By and By

Praise God he does as we all do foolish things


40 posted on 06/24/2013 10:28:01 AM PDT by small business owner
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

ABC didn’t cut his audio, he was praying all the way across Niagara, they didn’t even cut him complaining about the tether they made him wear. Only difference audio wise is they asked him some questions during the walk at Niagara and he opted out of that (could hear him tell his dad “I don’t want to talk to anybody”) last night.


41 posted on 06/24/2013 10:28:13 AM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: dfwgator

excellent.........


42 posted on 06/24/2013 10:29:46 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind
He added that his faith plays a crucial role in what he does. "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."

Amen!!

43 posted on 06/24/2013 10:32:26 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: SeekAndFind

And Peter walked on water until he took his eyes off of Jesus.


44 posted on 06/24/2013 10:33:40 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: keats5

WOW indeed. I hope at 73 I can walk on the ground without being wobbly.


45 posted on 06/24/2013 10:35:53 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: SeekAndFind

When he prayed for Jesus and God to give him the inner strength and calmness to complete his task I was with him all the way. When he prayed for them to stop the wind from blowing, not so much.


46 posted on 06/24/2013 10:35:59 AM PDT by drjimmy
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To: cripplecreek

Excellent point!


47 posted on 06/24/2013 10:37:11 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: SeekAndFind
Just a Closer Walk with Thee?
48 posted on 06/24/2013 10:38:00 AM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: driftdiver

Maybe the Muslims saw it worldwide.


49 posted on 06/24/2013 10:41:26 AM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: SeekAndFind

First, I have no problem with someone doing something stupid, it is their life. If they want to risk it for some silly reason, go for it.

Having said that, I will not spend money or time to watch them risk their life.

I will concede it takes great skill and a certain amount of faith of ones skill to do this sort of thing. I do not however consider it brave. Heroics for no purpose is just being foolish.

But I may be alone in this opinion, and that is just what it is, one person’s opinion.


50 posted on 06/24/2013 10:44:04 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (California does not have a money problem, it has a spending problem.)
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