George Müller’s exemplary life of faith and prayer cannot be credited to a Christian upbringing. Born in 1805 in Prussia, his childhood and early teens were devoid of Christian training and influence. He had no Bible to read. His father gave to him and his brother considerable money for their age, which allowed them to indulge in sinful habits. After a time, however, the youthful George settled down to earnest study and eventually came to master six languages, including Hebrew, Latin and Greek.
His father encouraged him to become a minister, as that would provide a good living, and his father could live with him comfortably upon retirement. And so young George entered divinity school. Even though a divinity student, he had no knowledge of what salvation meant. Though he continued in sinful living, the desire of his heart was to reform, but his repeated efforts to do so ended in dismal failure.