The Bible can be studied by a man at his desk. But that man cannot be a true exegete, and a true preacher, unless in his heart he is studying on his knees. Exegesis is hard work. It is a self imposed academic discipline. But, before all that, it is an act of worship.
Stuart Olyott, Preaching – Pure and Simple (Bridgend:Bryntirion Press, 2005), p39.