“Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.” I Samuel 3:9-10
Even an old backslidden priest can teach someone how to serve God. Eli instructed Samuel that when he hears his name called again say, “Speak, Lord; for thy servant hears.” That is some good teaching.