How to memorise 20 verses in one day

Do you think you could memorise 20 Bible verses in one day? Well I know a way to help you do this? It’s been tried and tested, with proven results.

Imagine if I said I would give you $100 for every verse that you memorised today. You would quite easily remember 20 verses, wouldn’t you? Our problem with memorising the Bible isn’t that we can’t do it, we just don’t have the motivation to do it. We need to see the worth in memorising the Bible, so that we treasure it in our heart. Here are few verses to help you see the worth of memorising God’s word.

  • Psalm 119:72 - “"The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces."

  • Psalm 119:9-11 - "How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word... I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

  • Psalm 19:10a - "More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold."

The Bible is worth far more than money! The spiritual worth of God's Word should help you memorise the Bible, more than gaining $100 per verse. So, start memorising Gods Word today!

I encourage you to picture a section, chapter or book of the bible and start memorising it. It is helpful learning long sections of the Bible so that you remember the flow and context of those verses and can therefore better mediate on a passage throughout the day.

These are some of the key things you need to do, to lock a passage in your mind and memorise it.

1. Find a quiet place with no distractions where you can focus. Set aside a chunk of time each day (e.g. 20-30 minutes) and go to this place to memorise new verses and revise the ones you have learn.

2. Remember phrase by phrase, verse by verse. Learn one phrase or verse at a time. To do this, read it 5 times, and then say it 5-10 times in your head. Then learn the next phrase or next verse by doing the same process. After this, join it to the previous phrases or verses you have learnt and say them all together.

3. Read the verses out loud! The Bible was written to be heard, not so much read. When you read the verses out loud, it means your eyes, ears and mouth are working together which will help it lock in. Also, as you read the passage, read it so it is alive, with good tone and energy.

4. Listen to the verses again and again. The Jews learn large parts of the OT by constantly hearing it. Get an audio Bible and listen on repeat to the passage you are learning. Or recording yourself reading the passage and listen to it as you walk, drive or do your chores.

5. Write out the verses you are learning to help you memorise them. You may want to annotate the Bible verses, colour code the connections and mark other observations. Also, say the verses out loud when you write them, so that you are using your eyes, hands, ears and mouth all at once.

6. Meditate on the passage you are memorising. Chew on it in your mind. Think through what it means, pray for understanding, apply it to your life. Mediating on the bible like this is key to memorisation. You must understand, pray and apply the passage you are memorising. Listen to sermons or read article an article on the passage to help you do this.

Article by Will AitkenJuly 18, 2021