How and Why to Memorize Scripture

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10 Reasons to Memorize Scripture

1. It helps me fight temptation, resist the enemy, and not give into sin. (Psalm 119:11)

2. It revives, renews and gives life to my soul. (Psalm 19:7a)

3. It gives me wisdom to know what is true and right. (Psalm 19:7b)

4. It causes delight and gives joy to my heart. (Psalm 19:8a)

5. It shines light in the darkness and gives light to my eyes. (Psalm 19:8b; 119:105)

6. It helps me to treasure, savor, and value God above food, health, wealth and prosperity. (Psalm 19:10; 119:103, 72)

7. It makes me thankful and leads me to worship. (Colossians 3:16)

8. It renews my mind to not be conformed to this world. (Romans 12:2)

9. It feeds my soul and equips me to witness. (Matthew 4:4, 1 Peter 3:15)

10. It makes me more like Jesus and strengthens my faith. (John 17:17; Romans 10:17)

Methods for Scripture Memory


Read the verse 10x quietly

Read the verse 10x out loud

Write the verse 10x while looking at it

Write the verse 10x without looking at it


Drawing a picture to represent the verse helps to visualize it. One simple image can help you remember the words of the verse.

3X5 CARD or write on YOUR ARM

Write the first letter of each word in the verse on a card or on your arm. This helps with rehearsing it throughout the day (bonus: others will see and may ask about it, which opens the door to share God’s word with them).


Ask a friend or family member to hold you accountable. Better yet, you can memorize a verse or a passage together.


We are forgetful people. To keep you from forgetting the verses you’ve memorized, you can review and meditate on them regularly.


God loves when we use His Word as a guide in prayer. We can be sure that we’re praying in alignment with God’s will when we use the verses we’ve memorized to pray.