The Power of Two

By Linda Josef

Emily Dotson was near death from acute kidney failure, but when she found out that she could be in spiritual agreement about healing, it raised her faith to a higher level and saved her life. Here is her story in her own words.  

"Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" Matthew 18:19-20.

"I had been suffering from Lupus for many years. Lupus is a terrible disease that causes a lot of pain. The body literally turns against itself and attacks its own organ systems. It is nearly always fatal, but it takes long years of suffering before you die.  The doctors had prepared me well, and I knew that my condition would eventually become critical. However, I had survived a number of painful flare-ups, and seemed to be holding my own.
"My husband had not been able to take the stress of my illness, and he had left me. So I was alone in my house one night in January of 1980. On this night I developed a fever of 103, I had severe pain, and was unable to urinate. The doctor had said that Lupus often attacks the kidneys, so I recognized right away that this might be happening. To help myself, I drank two glasses of water every two hours throughout that sleepless night, but my kidneys still did not act. They had completely shut down. By morning, I knew that I was in big trouble.
"I phoned my doctor who told me that I had all the symptoms of uremic poisoning due to kidney failure. I was just hours from death if I did not get to a hospital for kidney dialysis. At first it seemed like a good idea to rush to the hospital. But then I realized that kidney dialysis would mean going to the hospital to be hooked up for hours to a blood filtering machine at least three times a week for the rest of my life. It would not help fight the Lupus, and would only delay my inevitable death. When I realized that dialysis would keep me alive but would not be able to reverse the kidney failure, I said, 'No thank you. If that's the way it is going to be, I would rather die at home than live like that in a hospital.' I made that decision, believing that I would soon be dead."

"As my pain and uremic poisoning worsened, I weakened and began to drift in and out of consciousness. I knew I was about to die, but I was a Christian. I was not afraid to die if it was my time. I was preparing in my heart to meet the Lord in death when I heard an authoritative voice say to me,

'There is no need for you to die. Obey Matthew 18:19.'

"From years of studying the Bible, I knew this scripture quite well. It said, 'Where two or more agree as touching anything in my name it will be done for them.' This authoritative voice, which I knew was God, told me that if I would get in a quality agreement with someone, I would not have to die!"
"I did not have much time before I lost consciousness completely. I picked up the telephone and called a friend from church. I briefly explained, then said, 'Will you agree with me on this, and can you continue to pray? I believe I am going to faint and die any minute.' She agreed, and almost as soon as I put the phone down, I made it to a chair and I passed out."

"I was unconscious for a long time. Later on, a ringing telephone brought me back to awareness. I had a strange feeling as I awoke; I felt as if I were sliding back through a long tunnel. When I opened my eyes, I was stunned. I felt wonderful! My fever was gone-my pain was gone. Then, I felt an urge to go and urinate, and this was so normal, I rejoiced and was so thankful!
"Imagine rejoicing because you can go to the bathroom!  I had placed my trust totally in God and He had miraculously restored my kidneys! I was not yet healed from Lupus, but my kidneys were normal again. My gratitude and love of God were as overwhelming as the miracle itself."

Emily had been miraculously delivered from kidney failure by agreeing with another believer according to Matthew 18:19. Later on, she was completely healed of Lupus and from paralysis through enforcing the promises of God for healing. Today, in her 70's, she looks vibrant and youthful. She says, "God gave me back my life. He restored my energy and youth. I would not be here if it weren't for Him. My life belongs to Him completely, and I won't waste time on anything that doesn't do His work."
Today, Emily travels the country teaching others how to successfully release God's power to receive miracles of their own.

Many, many miracles have been accomplished by people who recognize the power that comes through spiritual agreement. One place that has actually documented these miracles is the Healing Rooms Ministry in Spokane, Washington. When someone comes there for healing, a team of 2 or 3 meet with the individual to understand the nature of the person's problem and to try to discern the Lord's plan. Then they pray and seek the Lord together until they know how they actually do agree. They see miracles as a result - astonishing miracles such as people healed of bone cancer, blind people getting back their sight, lost organs growing back and AIDS being healed.
For example, a lovely 18-year-old girl, Korey had osteosarcoma, known as bone cancer, which had eaten through the bone in her leg. After several visits in which she received prayer, Korey called the Healing Rooms and said a recent visit to her doctor showed that her bone had started growing back and appeared to be healthy!  In another case, a woman received prayer for a fractured skull and later brought in both sets of x-rays showing a complete and immediate healing.
Spiritual discernment and agreement have brought the Healing Rooms so many dramatic healings that they have become an international ministry with hundreds of offshoots and thousands of documented healings.

Many people have read Matthew 18:19, tried to apply it and been disappointed when it did not seem to work for them. Here are some ideas for getting a better result:
1. Start by resolving to trust that this promise is true. Root out any thoughts that God's Word cannot be trusted. Jesus said that heaven and earth would pass away, but His words would never pass away. The Bible also says that God exalts His Word, even above His name! You can rely on God's Word.
2. Superficial words of agreement are usually not enough. The goal is to build a solid spiritual unity with the other person. Spend some time understanding that for which you are going to agree, discerning God's plan for the situation. Seek the Lord's guidance, and listen carefully to the other person's viewpoint.
3. Make sure that what you are agreeing about is consistent with the written Word of God. Faith works best when you have a specific Scripture to back up that for which you are agreeing.
4. Find the place where the sick person can honestly agree with you. Remember that sick people are often frightened, and may not have the faith level you think they do. You have to find where their confidence actually lies, as well as how God may want to work. For example, if what they can honestly agree on is for their medicine to work, then that is where you start.
5. Once you find your area of agreement, begin to speak it out.  Say it to yourself, talk about it with others. Keep it on your lips until you see it happen.
6. Like everything else in life, if it does not seem to work for you, vary your approach and persist until you get the result you want. We may be dumb sheep who miss it, but God's Word does not fail.
Emily travels around the country teaching others about the power in the Word of God. You can invite her to come to your area, and you can listen to her story as well as learn more about the Healing Rooms ministry in the TV and radio archives at Emily also writes a column in the Supernatural Healing section of the website, and has published an excellent book about her battle for healing entitled, "From Defeat to Victory."

 Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Linda JosefLinda Josef is a Christian psychologist who is working on a book about supernatural healing with Messianic Vision. The book should be available in the next few months. If you have a story of healing that you would like to share, or wish to ask questions or make comments, you can write to Linda at


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