By: Nicole Lisa Schrader
Memorizing scripture has always been difficult for me—but not impossible. Years ago, a friend approached me with resources so we could memorize God’s word together. Although we didn’t do it together, I worked at memorizing all the cards in the memory pack she gave me. Even now, I review these verses regularly. The key to Scripture memory for me is continual review. I guess that’s why God says:
Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law, day and night. Psalm 1:1,2 (NIV)
Why memorize Scripture?
- To keep us from sin—help in temptation.
(Jesus used God’s word to overcome temptation in the wilderness in Matthew 4:1-11 and he is our example.)
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word…I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:9,11
The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip. Psalm 37:31
- For spiritual growth—training in righteousness.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3:16-17
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. I Peter 2:2-3
- For guidance—discernment of God’s will.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
- For answered prayer—abiding in Christ.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. I John 5:13-15
- For comfort—delight!
I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119:16
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
- In the event we do not have access to the Bible—persecution, imprisonment, etc.
Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
Scripture memory requires repetition and constant review for me. I don’t always remember the reference of verses—where they’re found in the Bible—but repeating these at the beginning and at the end of reciting has helped. Here are some other tips I’ve found helpful.
How to memorize Scripture?
These are my methods, feel free to try them yourself and see if they work for you. You can also go to https://www.navigators.org/resources/how-to-memorize-scripture for more detailed help and additional resources!
- Read the passage you wish to memorize in context to make sure you are understanding what the words mean. If you need more information, read study notes or cross references.
- Read the passage you wish to memorize aloud—then recite it by memory bit-by-bit until you can recite the entire passage without looking.
- Pray over the verses, meditate on them throughout the day, consider how they apply to your daily life.
- Write them down anywhere and everywhere!
- Ask someone to memorize them with you.
- Review, review, review.
If you don’t know where to begin, start by memorizing the verses I’ve shared above! I hope this helps you to keep God’s word in your heart.
Nicolelisa is a retired homeschool mother of three and currently lives in central Florida with her husband, Greg. Nicolelisa loves to read to and with children and actively encourages mothers of young children online, in homeschool groups, churches, and in her community. She gave her life to Christ as a teenager and was discipled in a Japanese-American church in Chicago. Whether writing stories for children or posts for Wholehearted, her goal is to revere Jesus Christ as Lord and share the hope she has with gentleness and respect. For more about Nicolelisa, go to www.nicolelisamaria.com.