The Prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (TEV))
9 There was a man named Jabez, who was the most respected member of his family. His mother had given him the name Jabez, because his birth had been very painful.
10 But Jabez prayed to the God of Israel, "Bless me, God, and give me much land. Be with me and keep me from anything evil that might cause me pain." And God gave him what he prayed for.
There are many ways mankind may choose to obtain favor, Jabez made the best choice.