I was just listening to the annual meeting recording posted here in another thread. About half way through it, a prayer was offered. I was wondering if the recorder (and I have no idea if this was a person making an official recording or just some independent person making one) was going to keep the recording device on for the prayer. He/she did not. I wondered this because I've noticed in current official recordings, both audio and video, they always turn off the recording during prayers, even in the more elaborately produced historical/biblical dramas. In other words, the policy covers more than just current meeting prayers.
This was not the case in the past. I remember, for example, hearing the concocted/imagined prayer of the Israelites in a drama on the first Passover and the exodus from Egypt. The prayer was even complete with some sort of "through the blood of Passover lamb" ending, no doubt intended to foreshadow the later "in Jesus' name" ending used today.
I have to wonder about the reason for all this since there are dozens of prayers recorded in scripture. Most of the Psalms are such; we have the actual prayers of Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, Solomon, Daniel, Jesus, Peter, and others. So is this conspicuous policy of not recording prayers yet another attempt to be non-biblical or what?
Does anyone know when and/or why this policy changed?