Notice what Solomon did before and after he asked for wisdom.
The king went to an important place of worship and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings to the Lord. That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream (from 1 Kings 3:4-5).”
“Solomon woke up, returned to Jerusalem, stood before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings (from 1 Kings 3:15).”
Here’s how the Israelites worshiped God when He delivered them:
“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously . . .
The Lord will reign forever and ever (Exodus 15:1-18)!”
Worship when God answers you.
Worship is prayer that is motivated by dependence, admiration and a sense of God’s greatness.*
Worship the Lord with reverence (Psalm 2:11).
*adapted from Howard B. Evans, Praying the Scriptures, p.40.
I urge that prayers be made for all men (from 1 Timothy 2:1).
This prayer carries with it a unique element of worship and reverence.
Prayer for the lost is ultimately directed at God as an act of worship, because the salvation of sinners causes them to give glory to Him.*
*John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary 1 Timothy, p. 62.
A woman came to Jesus. She begged, worshiped, pleaded. Jesus granted her request.
Some men came to Jesus. They demanded a miraculous sign. Jesus left them and went away (read these stories in Matthew 15-16).
Beg, plead, worship, but don’t demand when you pray.