And Jesus said "I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him." John 11:15.
They go, and it took them three or days to get there, and the body is beginning to decompose.
Martha ran out to meet him and said, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. Jesus says, "Thy brother shall rise again."
She received it religiously and said, "I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
But Jesus said, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"
She said, "Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world."
She goes to call Mary and the Jews followed, and to cut a long story short they were led to Lazarus’ grave, and Jesus said, take away the stone but Martha said Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
"Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?"
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me."
It was not his habit to pray publicly, but here he prayed publicly to the Father and said I thank thee that thou hast heard me. So it wasn’t the first time he had petitioned to the Father to raise Lazarus, and here it was a technically a teaching prayer. He said "I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me."
Now yourself, as a believer know also, how God hears you also. He said You always hear Me, and every prayer He had prayed he was answered, though not always approved as in Jesus’ prayer in the garden of Gethsemane.
Before he said "Lazarus, come forth" everything in him agreed; he had the word, "I am the resurrection, and the life, " The spirit encouraged him, "he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled," he had prayed and even petitioned publicly and the Father agreed. He even weighed his intentions, and said "that they may believe that thou hast sent me."
So Lazarus, he who was dead came out out, and Jesus said loose him, and let him go.
"Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him."
God bless you,
Simple Gospel Summation