Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tips for Memorizing Scripture



  1. Start with an easy verse that won’t discourage you.  Even a verse such as “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) has meaning and value.  Move on to longer passage as soon as possible.

  1. Ask someone to support you in doing this.  Your spouse or a friend can become involved by listening to your recitation or by memorizing too.


  1. Choose Scripture that is personal to you; select verse to use as a defense against Satan.  Jesus did this, (Matthew 4:4,7,10) and we should too.

  1. Choose times to memorize when you can be alone and your mind uncluttered—cleaning the house, doing other works at home or walking outdoors.  I sometimes set the words to a familiar tune. 


  1. Use the verse you learn as a launch pad to prayer and meditation.  The Psalms are an excellent source of material for worship:  “O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who has set thy glory above the heavens.” Psalm 8:1.

  1. Review consistently.  Recite each verse at least once a week.  Write passages on pieces of paper and put them where you will see them during the day.  Record the verses and play back the tapes.


  1. Put the verses you memorize to good use by sharing them as you witness to others.  Recently my nephew’s friend came to visit.  He asked me where the Bible says that Jesus died for our sins.  What an opportunity I mught have missed had I not memorized God’s Word.

As God’s children we should all have Scripture stored in our minds, accessible at a moment’s notice.  You don’t think you can do it?  Read Philippians 4:13.  Better yet, memorize it!

—Marian C