A fellow blogger recently penned some great words under the title, "Bible study done well takes work":

It is usually measured in long hours not short minutes.
It forces us to be an active thinking instead of a passive recipient.
It demands concentration, and sometimes that’s a tall order for
generations who’ve been raised by ADD television programming which
pounds our brains with a thousand images a minute….

We’re trying to get Followers of Jesus to learn to feed
themselves—to learn how to cook their own food, properly handle
utensils and enjoy the feast God has for them in his Word. Frankly, I
know of nothing more important for a person’s spiritual growth than
that!