Like Jesus said, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24). There's an example of this today actually. Youcef Nadarkanhi is a pastor in Iran who has been sentenced to death in Tehran. He has been in prison for a pretty long time and he has a wife and two children. He was arrested on charges of apostasy from the state religion of Islam. He is the pastor of an underground church in Iran and he refused to recant his confession of Christ. Here we have a modern day martyr, although he hasn't been killed yet. Many churches have prayed for him in recent months and the UN has condemned Iran for still practicing this intolerant behavior.
Youcef has committed his life to Christ and is not afraid of death, for to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Perhaps the miracle God intends to work is not his freedom, but rather the conversion of other Iranian Muslims by witnessing Youcef's unwavering courage and devotion to Jesus? God always has a plan for suffering that is often far too complex and far too glorious for us to understand!