I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them…This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. I Tim 2:1, 3-4

Praying,  interceding and wanting them to be saved, I get, but thankful?  I generally pray for protection from mean, greedy, stupid, violent, selfish people.

Lord, show me how to be thankful for all people. Help them to know You. Help me to help them know You.  Adjust my attitude beyond my ability to adjust it.