Ask Believe Receive, In that Order! Are You Doing it Right?

Matthew 21:22 “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Ask. Believe. Receive.

So many people quote this scripture, say this phrase and even go as far as to say that they do this but yet, are seeing no results.

The more and more I study about faith, believing, and how the mind works, I am learning that people really don’t believe. Or they don’t believe like they say they do.

Ask Believe Receive

So many people Ask, don’t really Believe, but still expect to Receive!

I was listening to Oprah on a lifeclass yesterday and she said something very powerful (to me), “You don’t get what you want out of life, you get what you Believe!”  She said to take a look at your life and where you are right now, and then sit and check your beliefs that got you there.

Our minds are deeper than just surface. That’s why people mediate, quite their thoughts, and get in a quite place so they can actually hear and control their thoughts…because of the subconscious mind.

What is the Subconscious mind:

Think of the subconscious mind as the storage room of everything that is currently not in your conscious mind. The subconscious mind stores all of your previous life experiences, your beliefs, your memories, your skills, all situations you’ve been through and all images you’ve ever seen.

More often than not, we don’t get what we desire because we live in a state of wanting and resisting it. Which means we WANT something but we RESIST it because we really don’t believe we can get it.

For example: A single woman could really want a husband, boyfriend or a boo. She could tell all of her friends she wants one, dresses up and presents herself to the world as if she really wanted someone in her life. But then she resist the possibility of getting this potential someone special because in the back of mind, she really doesn’t believe SHE IS GOING TO GET A MAN!

On the outside she says: I want a man.

But on the inside she says:

  • I don’t really deserve a man!
  • I am never really going to get what I want!
  • I might have to settle! I’m not good enough anyway.
  • If he doesn’t come, I will be ok by myself!

Basically, wanting and resisting at the same time! Which means, you really don’t believe. Not fully!

Instead of wanting and resisting we should be:

  1. Writing it down (what we want)
  2. Visualizing it (seeing it for yourself)
  3. Letting it go (where BELIEF kicks in, and allow God to work)
  4. Putting your energy towards the direction of your desire (basically do the work while you wait for your beliefs to manifest)

What do you believe about yourself? Not what you think you believe on the surface, but go deep into the shadows of your mind and ask yourself. Are you really saying:

  • I’m not good enough.
  • I could never make this type of money!
  • I’m not smart enough.
  • I know I will never really succeed at this, so why try and on and on!

We don’t become or get what we want because so many times we live in the space of what we don’t have! Focus on what you really want and believe it will manifest.

A Mustard Seed

Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Mustard see

Do you know how small a mustard seed is? SMALL! This scripture clearly tells us to have faith as a mustard seed, but the fact is most people don’t. I must admit, I didn’t. I thought I did until I started to really look inside myself.

I believed a little bit! I believed enough because I could kinda see the end result. That’s not faith! Faith is believing when there is NO SITE of your dream, desire or request in front of you. Faith is knowing it’s going to happen against all odds. Faith is basically, NO DOUBT! And for many, that’s hard – especially when we grow up hearing,

  • “Seeing is believing!”
  • “I will believe it when I see it!
  • “I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see it with my own eyes!”

Let me wrap this up

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Basically, you can’t skip a major step in the Ask. BELIEVE. Receive process. As I was driving home from work yesterday, I continue to say to myself “Do you really believe you can have what you want?” You have to check your faith. Your faith in God, faith in yourself and what you want out of life.

You must believe without a shadow of a doubt that you already have everything you want, you’re just waiting for it to show up. And in the meantime, you are doing the work!

So I ask you, do you believe? 



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  • Mandi
    March 14, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Thank you Bernetta! This was such a good read. Just what I needed this morning!

  • Latisha
    March 14, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I have a major struggle with this! It is so difficult to completely let go. Great article.

  • Nicole
    March 14, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Love! Yes indeed I ask, believe and Receive all the blessings that are being bestowed upon me. I’m a huge fan of Ask and it is Given. Great read.

  • Josselyne
    March 14, 2015 at 11:49 am

    WOW!! Seriously..WOW!! Thank you for breaking down the meditation part.. Ive never really been good at that, cos I didnt know what exactly I should be doing.
    I checked myself with questions whilst reading this and yeah..my heart began racing..not a good thing and I know why… I am afraid of what I want and need to work on that, cos it just doesnt make sense.
    Thank you for sharing..This girl has work to do 🙂

  • Stacie
    March 14, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Girl, yes! Say it! So many times we ask and want to receive but we really don’t believe we are worth it, like all of your examples stated. I needed this reminder in my own life.

  • Efie Lynn
    March 15, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    This is spot-on! Andddd, it appeared I. My inbox at the perfect timing as I’m currently studying how to get your prayers answered and how to pray… Which I plan on sharing on my Tuesday night prayer line. Thank you so much for sharing as I think a lot if folks miss the mark of receiving because they fail to activate their FAITH!!!!! Faith is HOPE AND HOPE IS BELIEVING!!!!!

  • GinaB @ Mirror Watching
    March 15, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Love this! Very clearly explained. I wrote a post called 4 Secrets to Making Lasting Change. It covered some of the same points. Belief systems, paradigms and the subconscious. Wonderful to see the topic written differently. The cool thing about the Father is that if you don’t believe but you trust Him, He will teach you to believe.

  • Siobhan (BeFree Project)
    March 15, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Bernetta this post is the TRUTH. I honestly believe we become what we believe. Our subconscious mind is SO powerful and we have to begin to truly believe what we want to bring in our lives. We have to stop talking about it and really believe in it.

  • lashawn
    March 16, 2015 at 7:00 am

    I love this! It’s just what I needed to read this morning.

  • Renae
    March 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Love this post, I needed to read this today and may have to refer back to it.