When I was young, I remember memorizing scriptures so I could get stickers in Sunday School. I learned a lot of verses when I was in elementary school. I remember working hard to memorize the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23.
Somewhere along the way, as I got older, memorizing scripture lost its appeal. Maybe it was because I didn’t get stickers anymore?
Here’s what I’ve learned over the past few years: I must memorize scripture if I’m going to pray effectively and gain victory during my trials!
During one of my darkest moments, I remember sitting by the water crying my eyes out when I heard a whisper…
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” Psalm 23:1-2
Another time, I was taking my boys for a walk when I noticed a bird sitting in the tree. It had been a hard week. I was struggling financially and just wanted to get out and get some fresh air for a while. The sight of that bird brought another verse to mind:
“Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!” Luke 12:24
All those verses I’d learned just to get a sticker serve me well during times of troubles. The Holy Spirit brings those verses to my mind to calm my heart and encourage me.
3 Tips for Memorizing Scripture
If you are thinking that there’s just no way you can memorize scripture, you are wrong! You can do this. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Create a Plan: Choose your verses based on a need in your life. And then create a plan to help you memorize different verses. I like to keep my plan in the front of my prayer journal and notebook.
- Write the Word: Spend some time writing out the verse(s) you are memorizing. The act of reading the words and then copying them on paper will help your brain remember the words.
- Sing the Word: Remember Psalty? You are never too old to sing songs about the Bible. Put your verses to music or use a scripture memorization CD to help you out.
- Draw the Word: Illustrating difficult concepts in scripture really helps me understand them. This also works for memorizing scripture. Draw a tree with all the fruit of the spirit, or the armor of God. Not great with pictures? Bible journaling is another option for illustrating the verses.
Memorizing scripture will give you power over your thoughts (and the enemy). It will also grow your faith. Telling yourself the truth over and over again can’t help but make you spiritually strong.