Luvi Silverberg
November 20, 2022

How to Memorize Scripture PDF


Memorizing the Bible is a great way to grow in your faith and connect with God. But it can be difficult to find the time or motivation to memorize Scripture. If you want some tips on how to make memorization more successful, this article will help!

Pray as you memorize.

As you work to memorize Scripture, prayer is a vital part of the process. You can pray for God's help as you memorize and pray that he will use the verse in your life. Pray specifically for these things:

  • That God will help you understand what the verse means and apply it to your life

  • That God will use the verse to bring you closer to him

  • That God will reveal the truth of this verse through Scripture or through experience

Use the memory technique that works best for you.

There is no right or wrong way to memorize Scripture. It's important to find a technique that works best for you. If a rhyme sounds too difficult, try using a mnemonic (memory device) instead. Some people use stories or songs, others just remember the first letter of each word or the last letter of each word. Whatever method feels natural to you will be most effective!

Write the verse on a card.

To use the cards, you will need the following supplies:

  • A large stack of blank index cards (or any cardstock that’s easy to write on)

  • Pens or markers in black and/or red (for marking errors)

  • Your Bible or other source for study materials

  • A bag to carry your materials in

Review, review, review.

To help you commit to memory as much Scripture as possible, we recommend reviewing what you have memorized regularly. Here are some suggestions for how to review your verses:

  • Before bed, read through all of the verses that you want to remember. This is a good time to recite them aloud and practice pronouncing difficult words correctly.

  • When waking up in the morning, read through all of those same verses again. This will help ensure that they stay fresh in your mind throughout the day, so when it comes time later on for a bathroom break or waiting at the bus stop, you won't forget them!

  • If on public transit or walking anywhere where there isn't much going on around you (elevators don't count), repeat each verse aloud while visualizing it as an image within your mind's eye until it feels familiar enough so that no matter what happens—whether someone stops walking right next to you or even starts talking loudly overtop your own voice—you can still keep reciting without missing any words!

Work to understand what you’re memorizing.

The more you understand what you’re memorizing, the easier it will be for you to remember it.

Here are some things that can help:

  • Understand the meaning of the verse.

  • Understand what it means to you.

  • Understand how it applies to your life.

  • Understand how it fits in with other verses, or even other parts of scripture (like what Paul says in Romans 3:10-18).

Memorize with others.

You should also memorize scripture with others.

When you do this, it helps to have someone else who is committed to memorizing the same passage of Scripture. You can encourage each other and share your progress with one another. One person may be struggling with a particular verse or phrase that the other knows well—or vice versa. You can help each other out!

Another thing about memorizing scripture together: when it's shared among friends, it's even more memorable because of the fun memories that come from doing something together (which we'll get into later).

Find a place in your life for the verse you’re memorizing.

One of the best ways to memorize scripture is by finding a place in your life for it. The more often you are able to read the verse and think about it, the easier it will be for you to recall later.

One way to find an opportunity each day is by choosing something different than normal. For example, if you usually brush your teeth before bed every night, try brushing them in the morning instead (or vice versa). Or if you’re used to having breakfast while watching TV at home on Saturdays, go out for breakfast instead! These small changes can make a huge difference when trying to memorize scripture verses because they force us out of our comfort zones and give us new things with which we can associate the verse being learned.

God is your guide and helper when it comes to memorizing his Word!

God will help you to remember his Word.

God knows that sometimes it’s hard for us to focus on one thing for any length of time, but he wants us to remember what he has said (Psalm 119:18). He also knows that we forget things quickly when something new comes along our way, so he promises to remind us of his words (Hebrews 10:14).

When you spend time memorizing Scripture, God uses that time helping you remember it!

God will guide you in your study of Scripture.

God is not only the author of all knowledge; he also wants us to be wise with what we learn and how we apply it (Romans 1:19-20; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). He guides us through his Spirit as we study his word so that we don't go off course or get distracted from our objective! Let's take advantage of this wonderful gift from our Father by praying for guidance as we study and memorize Scripture!


We hope you are encouraged by this article. We want you to know that God loves you and wants to guide you, so if you’re struggling with memorizing scripture, don’t be discouraged. Remember that he gave us his Word in order for us to know him better—and memorizing it is a great way to do that! Keep working at it, and keep praying as much as possible while doing so. Then when the time comes, share what God has taught you with others who may also be interested in learning more about him