(The Following is written by Elder Ephraim from Philotheou Monastery on Holy Mt. Athos)
"Always in your prayer may you seek humblemindedness foremost, that God may give you, and you persist in, this request of yours; for without true humblemindedness nothing good or meritorious is achieved.
Just as the Apostle Paul, my child, has also said: What do you have that you have not received? And if you have received it, why do you boast as though you had not received it? (I Cor. 4:7); Eeveryone who is arrogant is an abomination to the Lord (Prov. 16:5). For this reason, my child, struggle against this unhappy passion, being humbleminded and considering what great humility the Lord of glory showed in becoming man and humbling Himself before abuse and slander, even up to the Cross. But also all the holy people of God showed most excellent humility, in order to both to become holy and to attest to us that there is no other way to be saved than this.
Whatever gives you humility, espouse that. Do so even if you are pained and feel like you are dying. The end of the pain will be blessing from God and progress toward the most excellent of virtues, humility.
I pray that our God, Jesus, will give you this within your soul. indelibly."
(Source: "Divine Ascent" -A Journal Of Orthodox Faith- 1997., Vol.1, No.2., Holy Monastery of St. John, Point Ryes Station, Ca., pp. 74-75).