I love sending my kids to AWANA. Maybe you have heard of it. It’s a program for kids that meets at different churches during the school year. The goal is to help kids hide God’s Word in their hearts by giving them scriptures to memorize.
Memorizing scriptures is a crucial spiritual discipline for us all to grow in. It’s important at every stage and season of life.
We are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). As we meditate and memorize God’s Word we are allowing the Holy Spirit to shape and mold us further into the image of Christ.
Best Scriptures to Memorize
There are, of course, many wonderful passages in the Bible. Here are just a few great Bible verses to memorize.
Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:1-2 NASB
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all people. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 NASB
4 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant. 5 It does not act disgracefully, it does not seek its own benefit; it is not provoked, does not keep an account of a wrong suffered, 6 it does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 it keeps every confidence, it believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away with; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away with. 9 For we know in part and prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away with. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, and love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 NASB
Easy Bible Verses to Memorize
These verses are short and sweet making them easy to memorize. However, they are also packed full of foundational truth that we need to stand on. These are simple, yet important, Bible passages to memorize.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NASB
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6 NASB
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will also help you, I will also uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 NASB
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God Ephesians 2:8 NASB
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God John 1:1 NASB
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 NASB
Good Psalms to Memorize
Two of my favorite scriptural passages to memorize are Psalm 23 and Psalm 27. Both of them discuss the goodness of the Lord’s presence.
The Lord is my shepherd, I will not be in need. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of His name. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Certainly goodness and faithfulness will follow me all the days of my life, and my dwelling will be in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23 NASB
Psalm 27 is a bit longer. Here is my favorite portion of this Psalm.
One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. For on the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; He will hide me in the secret place of His tent; He will lift me up on a rock. And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, and I will offer sacrifices in His tent with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. Psalm 27:4-6 NASB
What is the Easiest Way to Memorize Scripture Quickly
Perhaps you’re like me. Before I had kids, I had a great memory. I could memorize large passages of scripture. No problem.
I don’t know if it’s because being a mom requires more of my focus and energy, or if it’s just the fact that I’m getting old and my brain doesn’t work as well. Either way, I’m finding it more of a struggle to commit scripture to memory.
Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way that have helped me to be more intentional in memorizing God’s Word.
Use Scripture Cards
Scripture cards are an awesome and effective way to memorize scripture. Print them out and keep them close by. I’ve put some up on a bulletin board in my office and on the mirror in my bathroom.
Keep them in a place where you will see them multiple times during the day.
Record Yourself Reciting the Passage
My friend, Karen, recently shared some of her tips for memorizing scripture. She likes to record herself reciting the passage then go back and listen. This way she can hear the areas she is struggling to memorize.
Pray the Scripture
When we pray God’s Word back to the Lord we are hiding these Bible verses in our hearts. I’ve found that the scriptures I pray are, usually, the ones that the Lord will place in my mind throughout my day and during my interactions with others.
Scripture much easier to memorize when we use it to form the foundation of our prayers.