How to Motivate Teens to Memorize Bible Verses

by Alicia Bodine

Bible memorization is not just for adults. Deuteronomy 11:18 says, "Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads." Parents need to teach their teenagers the importance of memorizing Scripture and then take the necessary steps in encouraging them along the way. Teenagers might not be motivated at first, but once they witness how Scripture can help them in their everyday lives, they will begin to take Scripture memorization more seriously.

Explain how Bible memorization will help your teenager navigate daily life. Show her passages that deal with anxiety, managing money and getting through a difficult trial. Then reveal passages that can be used to praise and thank God when things are going well. Once your teenager sees the value in memorizing scripture, she will be more motivated to do it.

Select verses for your teen to memorize that are relevant to his life. For example, your teen will respond better to a verse such as Exodus 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you," than he would Genesis 2:18 "The Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Teenagers might think about obeying their parents, but they aren't worried about getting married just yet.

Challenge your teen to create a beat to recite the verse too. She could make a rap or use a familiar tune like "Mary Had a Little Lamb," Teenagers are often motivated by music, so it only makes sense to incorporate it into scripture memorization.

Give your teen a note card to write the memory verse on. The teen can easily take the note card with him and work on it during down times, such as while waiting in line or during TV commercials.

Praise your teen when she successfully recites her verses. Praise is motivating to people of all ages. You might want to go a step further and give her a small trinket to reflect a job well done.

Arrange for your teen to have an accountability partner. This is someone who will check to ensure he is learning the verse. The accountability partner might also want to memorize the same passage of Scripture so that the two could quiz each other. Parents and siblings make fine accountability partners, as do friends and fellow church members. Knowing he has to recite the verse to someone will give him the motivation he needs to get the job done.

Items you will need

  • Bible
  • Note card


  • Use a translation of the Bible that is easy for your teenager to understand. Often times teens don't want to study or memorize Scripture because it is written in a language that hasn't been used for hundreds of years.

About the Author

Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for six years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, Bright Hub, Associated Content and WiseGeek. Bodine is also the current cooking guru for LifeTips. She has received awards for being a top content producer.

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