~ Words of the Church Fathers ~
Whoever hates his sins will stop sinning; and whoever confesses them will receive remission.A man cannot abandon the habit of sin if he does not first gain enmity toward sin, nor can he receive remission of sin without confession of sin. For the confession of sin is the cause of true humility.
(St. Isaac the Syrian, Homilies, 71)
By obedience a man is guarded against pride. Prayer is given for the sake of obedience. The grace of the Holy Spirit is also given for obedience. This is why obedience is higher than prayer and fasting.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XV.4)