From the life of Jabez, we can understand that God encourages us to ask for His blessings and favor, but our heart must be right in the asking. Are we asking only for our own pleasure, or to bring blessings ourselves to the lives of others and to give glory to God?
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NIV)
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.